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Fishermen worry the fish won't be biting much longer


BILOXI, MS (WLOX) – Fishermen stood on the wall that used to be home to the Broadwater Marina Saturday morning. They cast their lines out toward the Mississippi Sound, hoping to reel in the big one. And each time they baited a hook, they wondered if this form of recreation was about to end.

On the horizon were the barrier islands. And beyond the islands was an oil slick that was projected to eat away at the region's seafood industry.

The fishermen in Biloxi all said they were concerned the oil would pollute South Mississippi. And that, they feared, would destroy their local fishing hole. In fact, one man told WLOX News he was fishing this weekend because of the oil. You see, he expected the pollution to become so bad, he wouldn't be able to fish again for a very long time.

President Barack Obama is planning to head to the Gulf Coast sometime in the next 48 hours to get an update on efforts to contain the massive spill from an offshore drilling rig.

A senior administration official said details of the trip are still being worked out, and Obama will likely travel with a "small footprint" - meaning a very small entourage. The official spoke Saturday on condition of anonymity because the trip has not been officially announced.

Obama has vowed his administration will do all that it can to battle the spill, which came from a BP exploratory rig. It began washing ashore Thursday and is already the worst in U.S. waters in decades.

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