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Gulf fishers get training in oil spill cleanup

Gulf Oil Spill

Chris Kirkham, from the New Orleans Times-Picayune, reports on how some locals are trying to help in the oil spill cleanup:

Hundreds of fishers from across coastal Louisiana converged on Boothville this afternoon for environmental training in hopes of using their boats to help fight and, clean up, the encroaching oil spill.

The meeting was lively and, at times, disorganized.

Several fishers expressed concerns that things are only now getting organized, instead of much earlier, and that the booms placed offshore to contain the spill don't appear to be doing much good.

"The booms they've got out there now in those 10-foot seas aren't going to stop anything,'' said Darrell "Grumpy'' Loga, a Boothville shrimper. "It's a joke."

Kirkham noted that the fishermen want to be paid for their work.

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