Contractors keep Louisiana fishing and charter boats busy

Contractors keep Louisiana fishing and charter boats busy

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There's oil damage on a significant portion of marsh in the bay, and Coast Guard officials say they're not certain whether the areas that were teeming with life will survive. There's oil damage on a significant portion of marsh in the bay, and Coast Guard officials say they're not certain whether the areas that were teeming with life will survive.

By LORI TUCKER
6 News Anchor/Reporter

BAY BOURBEUX, La. (WATE) - The rich marsh land of Terrebonne Parish, Louisiana was a hotbed for commercial fishermen and charter boats until the Gulf oil spill on April 20.

Now the boats in the area are carrying contractors.

There are 700 contractors in all and they're working 12 hour days, according to the U.S. Coast Guard.

The crews check oil spattered booms, gather them for cleaning and lay out more.

"It's hard work. There is no magic bullet, no fancy invention that can take it all away at once," said Coast Guard spokesman John Miller.

The dense marsh land is also ecologically critical to the area. It serves as a nursery for shrimp. It's also a habitat for birds and mammals such as possums.

There's oil damage on a significant portion of marsh in the bay, and Coast Guard officials say they're not certain whether the areas that were teeming with life will survive.

It doesn't appear that much has been done to clean the marsh, but scientists say Mother Nature is taking over.

Microorganisms already in the area are multiplying and apparently starting to make a difference.

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