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Cameron shrimpers worry about lasting impact of oil in the gulf

By Adam Hooper - bio | email

LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) - 87 days of oil gushing into the gulf will undoubtedly have a long lasting impact for years to come. While the BP well has finally been capped, area fishermen and shrimpers are worried their days are numbered. 

"I'm a third generation. I have friends that are fourth and fifth generation, and it all might come to an end," said Nicholas, a shrimper in Cameron.

Nicholas said this season has been shaky, at best. Waterways are open one day, and closed because of the threat of oil another. But Nicholas, and others agree, they will continue to cast their nets as long as they are able.

"I do this because it's what I love. It's...people that don't do it wouldn't understand," said Nicholas.

If you talk to an area fisherman or shrimper in Cameron for more that five minutes you will find being out on the water is not just a job, it is a way of life. And, even though BP has capped the leak, many fear the oil that's already in the gulf puts that way of life in jeopardy.

"I am happy there is no more coming into the gulf. But, what about the stuff that's already out there? "It's going to take a long time for us to recover," said Nicholas.

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