27 Nov '11, 12am

A Fisherman's Farewell? Gulf Resident's Fight for Their Future 15 Months After BP Blowout | NRDC: via @AddThis

Mark Stewart is a third generation fisherman from the Mississippi Gulf fishing community of Pass Christian. He's a proud and tough working man of the sea, used to hauling in nets until his arms nearly fall off and fishing all night until his eyelids are crusted shut like a saltine sandwich. That’s the life he knows, the life he wouldn’t have any other way. And it’s the life he fears he may never lead again. Ever since BP’s mammoth Deepwater Horizon rig blew 15 months ago, Mark’s life—and the lives of thousands of fishermen across the Gulf—has never been the same. Many say they were poisoned by oil and chemical dispersants after being thrust into cleanup jobs they were woefully unprepared for. But it’s the aftermath that really worries them now. Stewart and his fishing colleagues say the 4.9 million barrels of BP oil spewed into the sea is wreaking havoc with their fishing ...

Full article: http://switchboard.nrdc.org/blogs/rkistner/a_fishermans_f...

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