Unfortunately, seaweed, like many of the marine flora and fauna in the Gulf was greatly impacted by the BP Oil Spill. Current methods of remediation utilize mechanical equipments like booms and skinners that suck the oil from the water, chemical dispersants and microbes to break down the oil. Recent studies have shown that microbes in certain seaweed can potentially remediate heavy metals like zinc, copper and various organic compounds like PAHs and PHEs in soil and wastewaters. Additional research and development is needed to better understand how seaweed can be used for remediation of oil spills.
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