Commercial Fishing

Wednesday, February 16, 2011 - 8:46am

VALDEZ, Ak (NBC33) -  It's been over 20 years since the Exxon Valdez oil spill crippled the commerical fishing industry in Prince WIlliam Sound.

Edward Day is a 4th generation fisherman from Valdez.  He says when he first saw and smelled the oil - he didn't think anything would survive.

After months of waiting and looking for answers - Day, like other fishermen in Alaska got back on the water - but things were different.   Twenty plus years later - Herring still hasn't bounced back.  There are also several other types of fish with fewer numbers than before the spill.

Many of Day's concerns and fears are happening all over again in the Gulf of Mexico.  Fishermen and Shrimpers were off the water for months - wondering what's next.   And now - there's lots of concern about what next year's crop will look like.

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