Oil spill may fatally wound Gulf fishing industry
Among the more than 600 animal species at risk from the massive oil spill in the Gulf are their bipedal predators. May usually marks the start of the Gulf fishing season, Capt. Kip Marquize tells the Natural Resources Defense Council in this video, but he and other Louisiana fishers are cooling their heels on the docks and rapidly running out of cash. Most fishers operate on thin margins, with only enough in the bank to buy equipment and ready their boats for May. “The spill could not have come at a worse time … We out of luck,” he says.
Meanwhile, in this AP video from Boothevile, La., Vietnamese fishermen whose boats won’t be going out either are lining up to work for the spill clean-up crews.