To Avoid Oil, Mississippi Opens Shrimp Season Early
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Mississippi Public Broadcasting's Carl Gibson reports.
DANIEL HILLHOUSE: Somebody help and get these coolers.
CARL GIBSON: Daniel Hillhouse is carrying coolers of freshly caught shrimp off the dock of the Double W's(ph) at the harbor in Pas Christian, Mississippi. His boat was one of 67 that left at first light to catch what they could from waters that haven't yet been closed off by the Coast Guard. But Hillhouse says the prime shrimping waters are out of bounds and wants BP to reimburse him.
HILLHOUSE: I spent a lot of money on this boat this year. I've got about $25 grand tied up in it right now.
GIBSON: Richard Gollott, who co-owns the Golden Gulf Coast Seafood Packing Company, used to have 100 boats working for him before Katrina. Now he's down to 24 boats and isn't hopeful about this season's catch.
RICHARD GOLLOTT: The places these boats normally fish this time of the year is right where the oil spill is, right on the inside of Chandelier, Breton Sound. The amount of shrimp that we unloaded and processed is down 90 percent compared to last year and the year before that.
GIBSON: For NPR News, I'm Carl Gibson in Bay, St. Louis.
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