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Fishermen & boaters keeping close watch on oil spill updates

GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) -

By Steve Phillips – bio | email

GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) - South Mississippi residents continue to watch and wait; hoping and praying the oil spill doesn't cause significant damage to our waters and beaches.

The beautiful waters of the Mississippi Sound offer a welcome escape for tourists, fishermen and boaters. Abundant seafood from those same waters provides a living for commercial shrimpers and fishermen.

Bright sun and calm waters attracted plenty of outdoor lovers to the beach, boat ramp and fishing pier on Monday morning.

"I like fishing, 'cause it's so exciting. You never know what you're going to catch until you actually bring the fish in," said 9-year-old John Michael of Gulfport.

He watched his buddy Daniel toss the cast net for bait.  The two Gulfport boys had fishing on their minds this morning. They also wondered if that oily mess in the gulf could one day spoil their fishing spot. 

"Well, all the fish and everything is a concern," said Daniel Jones, "And it's going to hurt everyone else trying to eat the fish and everything else in the ocean."

"It's going to be a problem for fishermen, 'cause it could hurt the fish and then they wouldn't be able to eat 'em," John Michael added.

Dale Curlee shares those concerns. The longtime fishermen from Long Beach was taking his boat out in search of speckled trout.

"Oh, it's going to affect everybody; the fishing, the people that make their lives on it: Shrimpers, the crabbers, oystermen. It's going to affect all of them," said Curlee.

Besides the long list of worries about how the oil could impact Mississippi's waters and our shoreline, the biggest concern among most folks we talked with is getting the oil leak stopped.

Mike Pruitt and his family have been looking forward to taking our their new 24 footer.  Like so many recreational boaters, Pruitt is hoping for an "oil free" summer on the water.

"We take a look at the news every day to see what it's doing. Environmentally and for the recreational boaters, it's a big concern. We need to stop it obviously. Everybody knows that. But we pay very close attention," said Pruitt.

Those who enjoy these waters know that stopping the oil leak is out of their control. But they're anxiously awaiting some favorable news.

"I hope they can get it worked out," said Jones.

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