Oil Spill Fishing Industry Update: It's Killing Us

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John Rahim, boom deployment coordinator for St. Bernard Parish, enlists out of work fishermen to be hired to lay oil booms to protect their fishing grounds in preparation for the looming oil spill from the sinking of the Deepwater Horizon oil rig. Photo by AP.
TAMPA (2010-5-4) -

The oil spill in the Gulf hasn't reached Florida's beaches, but the state's fishermen are already beginning to feel the impacts.

The ban on fishing in some waters between the Mississippi and Pensacola Bay in Florida has “shut down” fisherman Paul Redman of Pensacola.

The fish he catches are bottom-feeders -- and what's going on deep beneath the surface concerns him.

“The oil floating on the surface is not really going to kill off the bottom fish. But whatever they're spraying to dissipate that oil is sinking,” Redman said.

“We can't find out anything about that -- what they're doing, what's going to the bottom. But I'm sure it’s gonna kill off whatever's on the bottom.”

Meanwhile, Captain Bob Zales of Panama City says it's not the oil that's hurting his charter boat business – it’s the media attention.

“The short term impact that is killing us is the media that's putting out the Gulf fisheries are closed,” Zales said.

“In reality, there's only a small area where the spill it that fisheries are closed, and it’s only for a limited period of time,” he said.

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