Shrimper sells last catch after oil spill

(NBC) - Along the Gulf Coast it is not just oil that is flowing, so are the tears of a shrimper who just brought in his last catch.

"We're fixing to lose something we had for a long time," Dominick Mine said.

There is the frustration of a man who has called BP eighty-four times, without one single call back.

"Congratulations BP!" one resident said.  "You've done something our federal government couldn't do, mortgage bankers couldn't do to me and greedy Wall Street couldn't do. You put me out of business today, totally."

Businesses across the region are trying desperately to stay afloat.

Captain Lori DeAngelos takes tourists to see the dolphins, but now doesn't know how long either will be around.

"I feel exasperated, saddened depressed, scared, really, really scared of losing our way of life," DeAngelos said.

And like a lot of people here, afraid of drowning in a sea of debt and red tape as they wait for BP to pay their claims.

The government is demanding more information and openness about the claims process.

"I think we're both in agreement, both BP and the Federal Government that this thing needs to move forward very quickly," National Incident Commander Admiral Thad Allen said.

So far BP has paid out 53 million in claims.  Just 3 million more then it reportedly spent on an ad campaign to clean up its image.

For people here, still not nearly enough to clean up the mess or to keep them from losing everything.

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