What is a Dead Zone and What Causes Them?

The dead zone in the Gulf of Mexico off the Louisiana coast is an area where all sea life dies. This includes fish that do not swim out of the area as well as plants and stationary species in the area. The dead zone has been tracked since 1985 and is currently the size of the state of New Jersey. These dead zones are found around the world and are caused by agricultural and industrial runoff which depletes the oxygen in the water killing just about everything.

Financial Impact on Louisiana Seafood Prices

In addition to the environmental impact, the Gulf of Mexico dead zone also has a financial impact. Consumers should expect to see higher than usual prices on gulf shrimp as well as other Gulf seafood as Louisiana fisherman pass higher fishing cost on to their customers.

Check Out the Video for a Visual Explanation of the Gulf Dead Zone

Take a Look at the Following Articles for More Information

NPR: The Gulf Of Mexico’s Dead Zone Is The Biggest Ever Seen

Washington Post: The Gulf of Mexico Dead Zone is Larger Than Ever

NOAA: Gulf of Mexico ‘Dead Zone’ is the Largest Ever Measured

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