Reuters reports that Louisiana is expected to see “massive” widlife habitat damage. This damage will have not only environmental impact but economic impact as well, as the “state provides 40 percent of U.S. seafood.”
Biologists expect to find major destruction when they take their first close-up look at Hurricane Katrina’s impact on wildlife habitats and Louisiana’s vital fishing industry, the state’s top conservation official said Thursday.
Dwight Landreneau, Louisiana’s secretary for the department of wildlife and fisheries, said until now biologists had been part of search and rescue efforts but would soon begin damage assessments to coastal areas, marshes and forests that surround New Orleans.
“We’re going to see some massive destruction of the habitat in the coastal area when it deals with wildlife and with the fisheries,” Landreneau told Reuters.
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