La. Expects ‘Massive’ Wildlife Habitat Damage

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.

A related story can be found here: Wipeout of marine life along Gulf feared.

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3 Responses to La. Expects ‘Massive’ Wildlife Habitat Damage

  1. Ben Mercadante says:

    I hope this outlines the need to leave the natural structure of our coastal ecosystems intact, and to access the process we use in determining development stratigies along our coastal environments. When a storm of this magnitude enters a region, ecosystems have a hard time surviving under normal conditions. When we go in and impact them by diverting stream flow, structural removal of maritime forrest and improper dredging and filling projects, we greatly inhance the negative impact of large storm systems. Not only did the constant man made impacts have a negative effect on the natural resources and biota, it also increased the destructive power of the storm as it moved through the developed areas. This is an issue that is paramount throughout literally thousands of miles of southeastern united states. The cost in resource, human life and property loss has become staggering. Study groups and marine resource councils have meet for years submitting data , ideas and plans…all for the most part on deaf ears or closed doors. Developers and municiple managers/planners with antiquated planning methods have for to long dominated the process of coastal development. With such great loss of life and the literal abandonment of entire city, I hope the environmental message/issue’s do not get sidelined yet again.

  2. Ben

    I couldn’t agree more. At some point we wil need to begin to focus on the damage to the environment and the eco system and ask some serious questions. It’s not just in the southeast, we’ve f’ed with the northeast coast too, and the west coast.

    I’ll start digging for environmental articles on this again.

  3. Ben Mercadante says:

    Yea, I agree , it seems where ever people have populated coastal environs they have done so with out much thought as to what is going to happen to their maritime eco-systems. I believe in my piece I was tying the bad development + the hurricane factor, which is typical to the southeast. I really need to edit my post’s a little more, but i think faster then I articulate and then do not edit enough for word use, spelling, grammer etc. I shall work on it.
    I do not know much about the coastal impacts in the northeast, but I do know the environs are very different from ours and the impacts may have more to do with pollution and over fishing in a general way. But yes I agree all coastal development needs intense review especially in leiu of the global warming factor. The news papers constantly down play it, it is no wonder the conservative spin masters have a field day. I do not recommend hyping it, but some of the realities need to be looked at closely. As the data firms up many more scientist will come out with possible cause and effect patterns we may expect, and it will be coastal area’s that will be impacted greatly as that is where between 70%-75% of the worlds population reside.