On a trip last month to study the effects of the BP-TransOcean Deepwater Horizon oil spill last April, North I enjoyed my first-ever redfishing excursion on the Mississippi River delta on the Louisiana Gulf Coast.
And despite finding oil-spill remains still soaked into a few marshland areas, I found the Louisiana Delta fishing as hot as a crayfish boil. I met with numerous area locals, politicians, tourism officials and business owners, providing a unique look at the oil-spill area almost a year after the spill.
This video is Pt. 1 in a series. (Information about Pt. 2 in the series follows below the video player)
Pt. 2 in our "Fish. Oil" series will delve more into the ongoing clean-up efforts, including:
-- A tour of Bay Jimmy, where oil still oozes from the marsh soil under your feet
-- A tour of the fishing waters off of Grans Isle, LA, piloted by a fishing guide who worked after the spill as a Vessel of Opportunity for BP
-- A tour of a shrimp boat and interview with its captain, who is looking forward to getting back to shrimpin', but confides he is "nervous" about the future.
We'll also focus on coastal erosion, a concern that predates the oil spill and, according to many we interviewed, poses an even greater threat to Louisiana's sport-fishery.
* Disclosure: Louisiana Tourism Coastal Coalition funded the press junket Mr. Huff participated in.