TALLAHASSEE, Fla.  - Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission staff have been deployed to the Panhandle and Alabama to help with track the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

FWC's Fish and Wildlife Research Institute's director, Gil McRae, also told the commission on Thursday that the spill is growing. McRae said there have been no confirmed ill effects on wildlife so far.

He said that based on reports on the size of the spill, this could be a "prolonged event." This means it could be a while to get it under control and its impact may be felt for years.

The FWC has helped prepare the Coast Guard's area contingency plan, which guides response efforts.

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