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Oysterman: 'Oil monster will gulp us up'

Gulf Oil Spill

Third-generation Louisiana oysterman Mitch Jurisich fears losing the ecosystem he relies on for a living to the massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

"We're facing sort of a grim reaper. You know – it's sitting out there – it's a big monster – sitting out there waiting to gulp us up," says Jurisich.

"How much of this can we handle? Waiting and wondering what tomorrow is going to bring."

Click on the link below to hear more of the challenges facing Gulf oysterman in their own words.

 fieldnotes-oysterman NBC News VIDEO: Oysterman Mitch Jurisich: 'We love what we do. We can't even imagine what would take place if we lose this ecosystem.'