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A detailed computer modeling study released today indicates that oil from the massive spill in the Gulf of Mexico might soon extend along thousands of miles of the Atlantic coast and open ocean as early as this summer. The modeling results are captured in a series of dramatic animations produced by the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) and collaborators.
This animation shows one scenario of how oil released at the location of the Deepwater Horizon disaster on April 20 in the Gulf of Mexico may move in the upper 65 feet of the ocean. This is not a forecast, but rather, it illustrates a likely dispersal pathway of the oil for roughly four months following the spill. It assumes oil spilling continuously from April 20 to June 20. The colors represent a dilution factor ranging from red (most concentrated) to beige (most diluted).  The dilution factor does not attempt to estimate the actual barrels of oil at any spot; rather, it depicts how much of the total oil from the source that will be carried elsewhere by ocean currents. For example, areas showing a dilution factor of 0.01 would have one-hundredth the concentration of oil present at the spill site.
The animation is based on a computer model simulation, using a virtual dye, that assumes weather and current conditions similar to those that occur in a typical year. It is one of a set of six scenarios released today that simulate possible pathways the oil might take under a variety of oceanic conditions. Each of the six scenarios shows the same overall movement of oil through the Gulf to the Atlantic and up the East Coast. However, the timing and fine-scale details differ, depending on the details of the ocean currents in the Gulf.
“I’ve had a lot of people ask me, ‘Will the oil reach Florida?’” says NCAR scientist Synte Peacock, who worked on the study. “Actually, our best knowledge says the scope of this environmental disaster is likely to reach far beyond Florida, with impacts that have yet to be understood.”
The computer simulations indicate that, once the oil in the uppermost ocean has become entrained in the Gulf of Mexico’s fast-moving Loop Current, it is likely to reach Florida’s Atlantic coast within weeks. It can then move north as far as about Cape Hatteras, North Carolina, with the Gulf Stream, before turning east. Whether the oil will be a thin film on the surface or mostly subsurface due to mixing in the uppermost region of the ocean is not known.

A detailed computer modeling study released today indicates that oil from the massive spill in the Gulf of Mexico might soon extend along thousands of miles of the Atlantic coast and open ocean as early as this summer. The modeling results are captured in a series of dramatic animations produced by the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) and collaborators.This animation shows one scenario of how oil released at the location of the Deepwater Horizon disaster on April 20 in the Gulf of Mexico may move in the upper 65 feet of the ocean. This is not a forecast, but rather, it illustrates a likely dispersal pathway of the oil for roughly four months following the spill. It assumes oil spilling continuously from April 20 to June 20. The colors represent a dilution factor ranging from red (most concentrated) to beige (most diluted).  The dilution factor does not attempt to estimate the actual barrels of oil at any spot; rather, it depicts how much of the total oil from the source that will be carried elsewhere by ocean currents. For example, areas showing a dilution factor of 0.01 would have one-hundredth the concentration of oil present at the spill site.The animation is based on a computer model simulation, using a virtual dye, that assumes weather and current conditions similar to those that occur in a typical year. It is one of a set of six scenarios released today that simulate possible pathways the oil might take under a variety of oceanic conditions. Each of the six scenarios shows the same overall movement of oil through the Gulf to the Atlantic and up the East Coast. However, the timing and fine-scale details differ, depending on the details of the ocean currents in the Gulf.
“I’ve had a lot of people ask me, ‘Will the oil reach Florida?’” says NCAR scientist Synte Peacock, who worked on the study. “Actually, our best knowledge says the scope of this environmental disaster is likely to reach far beyond Florida, with impacts that have yet to be understood.”
The computer simulations indicate that, once the oil in the uppermost ocean has become entrained in the Gulf of Mexico’s fast-moving Loop Current, it is likely to reach Florida’s Atlantic coast within weeks. It can then move north as far as about Cape Hatteras, North Carolina, with the Gulf Stream, before turning east. Whether the oil will be a thin film on the surface or mostly subsurface due to mixing in the uppermost region of the ocean is not known.

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Scientists say the fish threatened with extinction is back on the menu again

By Martin Hickman, Consumer Affairs Correspondent Saturday, 15 May 2010
Although stocks are still low by historic standards, the recovery could prompt British supermarkets to start stocking North Sea cod again.
North Sea cod, once on the brink as a result of decades of over-fishing, has now recovered to an extent that the public should start eating it again with enthusiasm, one of the world’s biggest wildlife charities has said.
In a rare wildlife conservation success story, the charity WWF said the fish renowned for its flaky white chunks was being caught sustainably off the shallow cold waters of north and eastern Britain for the first time in a decade. Stocks of the fish have risen by 52 per cent from their historic low four years ago because of a combination of cuts in landing quotas, and conservation techniques which have reduced the number tossed back dead into the sea.

Scientists say the fish threatened with extinction is back on the menu again
By Martin Hickman, Consumer Affairs CorrespondentSaturday, 15 May 2010Although stocks are still low by historic standards, the recovery could prompt British supermarkets to start stocking North Sea cod again.North Sea cod, once on the brink as a result of decades of over-fishing, has now recovered to an extent that the public should start eating it again with enthusiasm, one of the world’s biggest wildlife charities has said.In a rare wildlife conservation success story, the charity WWF said the fish renowned for its flaky white chunks was being caught sustainably off the shallow cold waters of north and eastern Britain for the first time in a decade. Stocks of the fish have risen by 52 per cent from their historic low four years ago because of a combination of cuts in landing quotas, and conservation techniques which have reduced the number tossed back dead into the sea.

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The BP platform was scouring for ultra deep oil under 1600 meters of ocean water. From there they drilled another 6,000 meters into the crust of the earth, right at the edge of all  current technological capacity.

It would seem that they hit a pocket of oil at such high pressure that it burst through all the safety valves all the way up to the drilling rig and then caused the rig to explode and sink.

The oil is now gushing out at a pressure of 2200 psi!

When the rig sank it flipped over and apparently landed close to the drill hole, 1600 meters under the ocean.

The Gulf Coast spill will have eclipsed the Exxon Valdez in terms of total gallons of oil before the weekend is over making it the largest oil spill in U.S. history according to calculations made by oceanographer Ian MacDonald after studying aerial Coast Guard photos taken earlier in the week.
MacDonald, a professor at Florida State University who counts “oil and gas development” among his areas of expertise, stopped short of comparing the Deepwater Horizon spill to that of the Alaskan oil tanker, but said Saturday, “The spill is growing. I’m comfortable saying that the size and extent of this slick is 10 million gallons.”
Given that just over a million gallons (3300 metric tons) of hot oil are leaking into the Gulf per day, according to MacDonald’s calculations, the spill will shortly top the Exxon Valdez’s estimated 11million gallon spill. It is almost certain to cost more than the Exxon spill, which cost $3.5 billion for cleanup and another $5 billion worth of lawsuits and other settlements.
Experts estimate it could take months to plug the leak and that things could be made worse by the approaching hurricane season.
Deepwater Horizon was an ultra-deepwater dynamic positioned semi-submersible oil rig built in 2001 at a cost of USD 350 Million. The purpose of this rig was to drill oil wells deep underwater, moving from location to location, as needed. Once the drilling was complete, pumping production was handled by other equipment.
Before the accident, Deepwater Horizon worked on BP’s Mississippi Canyon Block 252, referred to as the Macondo prospect. The rig was last located 50 miles off the southeast coast of Louisiana. In October 2009 BP extended the contract for Deepwater Horizon by three years, to begin in September 2010. The lease contract was worth US$544 million, a rate of $496,800 per day.

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So this is what we are getting instead of  WILD  FISH!

I say: WELL DONE, GOOD JOB!

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Bauer Hockey Inc. is recalling about 67,000 youth and junior hockey sticks, shafts and blades made in China because paint and decals on the products have excessive lead. Another 60,000 products are being recalled in Canada.

The Consumer Product Safety Commission announced the recall April 1, 2010. The hockey and goalie sticks, shafts and blades come in various shapes, sizes and colors, and are pictured here and on the subsequent slide. The CPSC has a full list of the recalled items.

These items were sold at sporting goods stores nationwide from February 2005 through March 2010 for about $80 to $200 for sticks, $30 for blades, and $40 to $90 for shafts.

The name “Bauer” and the model descriptions are on all of the sticks, shafts and blades. Most of the sticks also have the Nike symbol. Junior player sticks and replacement shafts are each identified by the markings “JUNIOR,” “52 Flex” or “JUNIOR Flex 52.” Youth player sticks are identified by the marking “YOUTH Flex 42” or “YTH Flex 42.”

Parents can arrange for a replacement or refund by calling Bauer at 888-734-0443 between 8 a.m. and midnight ET Sunday through Saturday or by visiting www.bauer.com/recall.

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Chinafish is celebrating twenty years of successful expansion at a time when the worldwide fishing tackle industry is confronting the worst crisis of its recent existence.

Instead of reaping the benefits of their emerging domestic market the Chinese fishing tackle manufacturers are now facing a prolonged and deep worldwide recession that is shaking their base and damaging their outlook for the future.

I have always believed that one point of growth in European GDP created 10 points of growth for the fishing tackle market. With a negative 2% growth in Europe in 2009 it is not surprising to hear that sales of fishing tackle fell in the order of 30% or more in some European countries, a fact that has brought dismay to the manufacturing industry and is still not showing any real signs of long term recovery. (more…)

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The EU must not let Malta destroy the king of fish!
From The Times, January 19, 2010
By Frank Pope
Two weeks ago a single bluefin tuna sold in Japan for a surreal £111,000. The price of this fish, which ends up in the best sushi restaurants, will carry on rocketing so long as the tuna population keeps plummeting.
The Mediterranean tuna industry, which has taken tens of millions of euros in subsidies, has fished the bluefin to the brink — stocks are within three years of total collapse.
Europe could ban trade in the bluefin — but the nationalistic fervour of one man, Joe Borg, the EU Fisheries Commissioner, is a huge obstacle. So why Mr Borg’s opposition to a ban? Could it be that he is from Malta, where the economy earns €100 million a year from the bluefin? Continue reading at TIMES ONLINE

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