The tragic Deepwater Horizon oil spill hits close to home, literally. This ugly explosion not only claimed 11 lives, including a childhood friend, but the continued damage to the Gulf Coast is gutting. More than 125 marshy miles of Louisiana coastline—and parts of Alabama and Mississippi—have become mucked up in crude sludge. Regardless of what precautionary measures were or were not taken and where the blame lies, the chief concern is will and can this mess be cleaned, preferably before hurricanes tear through the South.
So while Louisiana may not be the only place that has shrimp, it is home to roughly a third of the U.S. seafood industry. It's also home to the most soulful shrimpers and fishermen in the business, and that means something too. It's not just where they work and how they make their living; it is their home and it's where they and the multiple generations before them spent their entire lives, working, living and being South Louisianians. So you see, Mr. Prescott, it's more than just shrimp that are being threatened here; you won't find the Mr. Cheramies ANYWHERE else!
[Photos via Boston.com and Gerald Herbert/AP.]