Gulf Scientists Aim at Oil Spill's Aftermath

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TAMPA (2010-11-9) -

Even though oil is no longer gushing from the BP well, scientists are still concered that much of it has sunk to the bottom of the Gulf - and will have long-term affects on marine life. A symposium held Tuesday in Sarasota aimed at coordinating research efforts to detect the problem - and come up with possible solutions.

Scientists say early warning systems need to be put in place both to detect problems that still lurk in the Gulf - as well as being able to restore the damage that has already been done.

Michael Crosby is senior vice president for research at Mote Marine Laboratory in Sarasota, which hosted the symposium.

"I think we're going to have some pretty powerful suggestions and recommendations that will come out from this effort," Crosby said. "And our hope is that this will influence how the funds are being utilized so we don't squander this opportunity to deal with the impacts of BP and perhaps put the Gulf of Mexico back on the road to recovery."

Over half a billion dollars has been allocated by BP over the next 10 years for research and restoration. Crosby says their coordinated efforts should be in place for at least five to 10 years.

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