Biloxi, Mississippi — An animal that has lived on the Mississippi Gulf Coast for more than 10,000 years could be in trouble.
The Gulf of Mexico is home to a diverse array of fish and marine life that is on the verge of disappearing.
It’s also the only area in the U.S. where the Gulf of Maine is home.
Scientists say that if current trends continue, it could be as early as 2035 that the area could be completely uninhabitable.
The Louisiana Gulf of Louisiana is home, too, but with an increase in fish stocks that have brought it back to life.
In 2016, the Gulf was home to the largest fish population on the Gulf Coast, and there are now more than 2,000 species of fish on the water.
But in Biloxis, the numbers are much lower, and experts say the region is on a collision course with a future where fish stocks will not be able to keep up with the demand for their meat and other products.
It’s not a situation that can be solved by one fish or one species.
We have to manage them all, said Robert Littman, a fisheries scientist with the Louisiana Department of Natural Resources.
What’s happening here is we’re not going to have a healthy fish population.
It won’t be sustainable, Littmans statement said.