Nov 02 2008
San Francisco Chronicle follows up on Cosco Busans Impact.
“There’s no doubt that there were damaging consequences in the bay,” said UC Santa Cruz Professor Pete Raimondi, chair of the Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Department.
Mussels are tested for polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, a toxic component of petroleum. They serve as a fingerprint of the Cosco Busan fuel oil, and are used as a gauge for how long the oil remains in the bay. The levels have dropped since the spill, which means there is less oil in the environment. The contaminant, which can affect reproduction and bioaccumulate in the species that feed on it, has remained the longest at Brooks Island off Richmond and near Albany’s sandy beach.