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The oil rig explosion in the Gulf of Mexico is now leaking 210,000 barrels of oil a day destroying not only marine life but also the livelihoods of Louisiana fisherman.  Once the oil slick contaminates shrimp beds, the shrimp season which is only beginning, will be over.  Clean up efforts may last years and it is uncertain when fishermen will be able to continue fishing.  Roger Halphen, a local teacher, told the Associated Press "There is a lot of bitterness.  Most of these people are second, third, fourth generation fisherman and now they are looking at the end of their industry."

Many of these fisherman are paying off boat loans costing up to tens of thousands of dollars.  In desperate need of work, hundreds of fisherman have signed up to be a part of the clean up effort. 
Read more about Louisiana fishermen.