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Fishermen get trained for clean-up work


By Krystal Allan – bio | email

BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - Auditoriums packed with fishermen have become a common sight in the days following the oil spill. With the threat of oil encroaching upon Mississippi waters, fishermen say their livelihood will likely depend on clean-up efforts.  Their main concern is whether they will be first in line for the work.

BP is responding to that concern among fishermen. Its focus, according to BP spokesperson Lisa Houghton, is to get fishermen ready.

"We can't wait to see if the sheen will come in and then have a class," Houghton said. "We're doing this in advance of anything that might come in. So we got the information they need, the charters are signed and they've got the training that they need."

That's why people, like Captain Steve Duhon, say they've attended every meeting and training session that's been offered.

Wednesday's four-hour session at the Biloxi Community Center focused on safety and what fishermen need to know as they work in the clean-up effort.

"We want to make sure that we get the first opportunity to get out there and get to work," Duhon said.

BP will host another training session Thursday in Bay St. Louis at 1:00 p.m. at the Hollywood Casino at 711 Hollywood Boulevard.

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