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Jan 272011

From Green Right Now Reports

If you’ve been wondering what it’s like for shrimpers on the Gulf Coast these days, six months after the devastating BP oil spill was stopped, you won’t hear definitive answers.

Acy Cooper, VP Louisiana Shrimp Association

While recent government tests have shown that shrimp from the Gulf of Mexico are safe to eat, there have been reports of tar balls being caught in nets. Gulf Coast shrimpers live with daily apprehensions. They know the ecosystem they depend upon has been damaged, They don’t know whether spring harvests will be diminished.

“… We don’t know what is going to happen at this point in time, but we know it’s going to directly affect our generation to come,”  Acy Cooper, vice president of the Louisiana Shrimp Association told an interviewer with the NRDC. “There’s a lot at stake.”

Acy, a lifelong fisherman whose sons have followed him into the business, is among several Gulf Coast residents whose stories are being collected in a partnered effort by StoryCorps, Bridge the Gulf and the Natural Resources Defense Council.

The stories are being archived at the NRDC website, Stories from the Gulf: Living with the BP Oil Disaster.

The project follows the lives of several residents in diverse industries to see how they’ve been affected by the largest oil spill in U.S. history.

(See also, a blog about Cooper, by his interviewer, Rocky Kistner.)