50+ Fishermen in Limbo

Thomas Gonzales, 72, makes his own crab traps at his home in Delacroix, LA on Saturday, May 8, 2010. Gonzales, a commercial crab fisherman, was born and raised in Delacroix. He has a great deal of spare time now that there is a fishing ban in place due to the Gulf oil spill. He accepted a check for $5,000 from BP as a form of compensation. With few other marketable skills beyond commercial fishing, the senior members of Louisiana’s fishing industry are facing a particularly devastating future in the wake of the Gulf oil spill which threatens to rob them of the only livelihoods many of them have ever known.

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