Bait fish could aid surveillance of Gulf oil spill effects

11/11/2010 | St. Petersburg Times (Fla.)

Researchers at a recent conference in Florida said that bait fish such as the menhaden and mullet may hold key to monitoring the long-term effects of the recent oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, which led to the deaths of sea turtles, dolphins and other animals. "The bait fish are so important to the whole ecosystem that if something happens there, it will have a cascading effect right up to the top predators," one expert said.

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