"The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration forecasts that the dead zone in the Gulf, an area incapable of supporting marine life, will be much the same size it's been for the past several years."
"The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is predicting another “dead zone” off the coast of Louisiana this summer.
The Gulf of Mexico will be home to an area of little to no oxygen nearly 5,900 square miles, an area slightly larger than Connecticut, according to the NOAA forecast. The confirmed size of the dead zone won’t be released until August, after NOAA has a chance to survey the area from July 24 to Aug. 1.
Because of the lack of oxygen, fish and other marine life that enter these waters are forced to either leave the area or risk suffocation."