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06 June 2010. Barataria Bay to Grand Isle, Jefferson/Lafourche Parish, Louisiana.
Jimmy Terrebonne Jnr sits surrounded by oil boom on his boat in Barataria Bay. The shrimp boater should be sweeping the waters for up to $5,000 worth of beautiful Gulf shrimp a day but the fishing grounds are all closed. Instead he is making around $1,000 a day for oil for BP contractors instead, a fraction of what he would ordinarily be making with bills mounting at home. The fisherman does not have a fixed contract withn BP and does not know when BP will stop hiring him. He does however know that his life will never be the same again. The ecological and economic impact of BP's oil spill is devastating to the region. Oil from the Deepwater Horizon catastrophe is evading booms laid out to stop it thanks in part to the dispersants which means the oil travels at every depth of the Gulf and washes ashore wherever the current carries it. The Louisiana wetlands produce over 30% of America's seafood and are the most fertile of their kind in the world.
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