Disaster in the Florida Keys: Lobster fisherman says “I’ve never seen anything like this” — “Everything has changed”


Spill’s long-term impact keeps heat on BP, Financial Times, January 3, 2011:

At first sight, the waters of the Florida Keys seem pristine, perfect for a good day’s fishing. But for some local lobster and crab fishermen, everything has changed since last spring.

“Disastrous, it is disastrous,” says Rafael López, 74, at the helm of Benny Boy III. “I’ve been catching lobsters in these waters for 31 years and I’ve never seen anything like this. My average was 1,000lb a day. Today, if I am lucky, I’ll catch 200lb.”

Mr López, like many local fishermen, blames the scarcity of lobster on ecological changes sparked by the explosion of BP’s Deepwater Horizon oil rig, which sent 170m gallons of crude oil spewing into the Gulf of Mexico in April.

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