MARRERO, La. (AP) - People affected by the Gulf oil spill aren't just coping with how to make a living. In many cases, they've lost a beloved way of life.
Kris Hebert, a boat captain and fishing guide, now spends seven days a week as a "boat chauffeur," shuttling reporters, politicians and government workers to and from oil mop-up sites. The job forces him to cruise past crude-stained marshes where he once guided fishermen. And it keeps him away from his family.
Raymond Griffin, who owns a dock and fishing lodge, is housing oil recovery workers. He helped some of his guides - including Hebert - get jobs for a disaster contractor hired by BP.
He runs boats filled with meals out to mop-up sites.
Griffin says what's gone is the days of 300 fishing boats on the water and sharing stories and beers on the dock.
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