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Coast fishermen still concerned about oil spills impact

OCEAN SPRINGS, MS (WLOX) -

It was a busy Sunday morning at the Ocean Springs harbor, with boat after boat heading out into the Gulf for some fishing. For some people, it's still not quite the same since the spill.

Brad Sigurnjak says he's noticed less fish.

"You used to be able to load the boat up with fish every time you go, and now they're not there. I mean not like they used to be," Sigurnjak said. "It's got to be happening for some reason." 

At the bait shop, there's more optimism these days for owner Kenny Dinero. 

"I think it's recovering. I don't think it's completely recovered," Dinero said.  "I'm not a scientist, but around here I think it's pretty good. Where ever they sank the oil is probably right where it's at."

While most of the people at the Ocean Springs Harbor on Sunday say they aren't overly concerned about the "here and now" of the BP oil spill, they do use two words to describe their feelings about the future. Those two words are "long term." 

Anita Everhart also likes to fish.  

"I think it's going to be year and years. I don't think it's going to be anytime soon. The long term effect. I guess we'll all find out in the end," Everhart said. 

Peter Butera also likes to fish.

"I would think it would be a year's long process. These things usually take a lot of time to develop and also it takes a lot of time to do the research to figure out exactly what the impact is on the Gulf," Butera said. 

Even though the winds of change have helped the Gulf recover somewhat, one thing that hasn't changed is the concern over the massive spill. You can put Chase Maxwell in that camp.  

"I do still have a little bit of concern because I still see and hear from other people about some of the long term effects of it. Especially the University of Southern Mississippi's marine studies unit in Ocean Springs. I learned a lot from them." Maxwell said. 

That knowledge can only help as the time goes on.

Meanwhile, the five Gulf states impacted by the spill are expecting to receive hundreds of millions of dollars in Restore Act money from BP that will help pay for studies on the spill's environmental impact.

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