Shrimpers in Cameron say recovery far away

By Crystal Price - bio | email

LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) - Although the oil spill in the Gulf has been capped, commercial fishermen in Cameron, Louisiana fear the disaster is far from over.

Maranda Brown has been helping her family sell shrimp in Cameron.

Brown said that since the spill, her family has been unsuccessful at catching any marketable shrimp.

This has forced her shrimp stand to shut down completely until her family begins catching shrimp once again.

"I never thought I would see anything like this," said Brown. "By now we normally have extra large shrimp, but now we're not even seeing any."

Brown said this is because more fishermen from the eastern portion of Louisiana have been fishing in Cameron.

The overcrowding of fishermen in southwest Louisiana has left less than enough for everyone.

"We've had boats here that normally don't fish here and now they are fishing here," said Brown.

But residents were thankful to hear that for now the leak has been capped.

"For months you know the oil has been leaking and now they have it capped so it is good news," said Brown.

Regardless, residents fear the disaster is far from being cleaned up.

"It's going to be a long time," said Brown. "The spill is not going to be cleaned up overnight. Just the effects of it being cleaned up is going to take years to come."

Brown said she fears the fish in the gulf will not survive the cleanup to the east.

Unfortunately, a majority of her family's crop comes from that area.

"Just because we shrimp off of Cameron doesn't necessarily mean the shrimp grow from Cameron," said Brown. "They move across the Gulf and everything so no matter what we are affected."

Brown said all her family can do is wait and hope the recovery comes sooner than later.

"We'll just have to wait and see," said Brown. "But the damage is done already."

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