Cameron fishermen prepare for vessel training next week

By Crystal Price - bio | email

CAMERON, LA (KPLC) - While the oil spill could be on the way to the Cameron coast, the Cameron Office of Emergency Preparedness will be hosting BP's Vessel of opportunity sessions on July 14th and 15th.

The program is designed to provide local boat operators an opportunity to assist with response activities including transporting supplies, assisting wildlife rescue and deploying containment and sorbent boom.

Adley Dyson is a commercial fisherman from Cameron who has already pre-registered for the program.

"We need to train and get to work before it ruins our estuary," said Dyson. "I think we can stop it from ruining this estuary if we boom the jetties."

Dyson is also getting his vessel ready for a Coast Guard inspection so it can used to assist with the oil clean up.

As winds from the east have picked up, Dyson fears the oil could be closer than ever.

"I look for it to be pretty bad here in a week or two," said Dyson.

Dyson said if clean up does begin in southwest Louisiana, then he is hoping that they will consider hiring the local fishermen first.

"I know it's not going to be a real long job for people but it may be enough to help them get enough to pay for until they can get back to work," said Dyson.

If you are interested in participating in BP's Vessel of Opportunity program, you should call Cameron OEP to pre-register at (337) 775-7048.

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