Oil Spill Water Pollution: Commercial Fishing Faces Financial Harm From Deepwater Horizon Rig Explosion
Our lawyers are currently investigating water pollution from the April 2010 oil spill in the Louisiana Gulf Coast region. Please complete the form below for a free legal review.
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IMPORTANT: If your livelihood or property is affected by the oil spill, we urge you to seek the advice of a lawyer before signing job applications or other documents. You may be signing away your legal rights to take part in a class action lawsuit.
According to information from the Fisheries Service of the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the owners, operators and employees of commercial seafood fishing businesses in the Continental Shelf in the Louisiana area of the Gulf of Mexico play a vital role in the United States fish industry.
Fish (including shrimp and other shellfish) caught in the Gulf accounts for one-fifth of the seafood purchased by American consumers.
For the men and women who own the fishing businesses in Louisiana—the region that will likely be the strongest affected by the oil spill—the state’s $3 billion fishing industry will be seriously impacted should the oil spill cause significant damage to the Gulf’s population of shrimp, red snapper, marlin and kingfish.
Other Economic Impacts for Fishing Boat Owners
In addition to the environmental and financial impacts on the commercial fishing industry, many commercial fishers also operate fishing excursion boats for vacationing recreational fisherman. NOAA statistics show that nearly one-third of all recreational fishing takes place in the gulf.
While federal agencies, including the Coast Guard, the Department of Homeland Security, the Department of the Interior and the EPA have all been overseeing containment and cleanup activities, should the oil slick reach land, the contamination will have even more serious environmental and economic impacts on the resorts and hundreds of businesses that depend on the tourist industry for their livelihood.
Get Help From Weitz & Luxenberg
For over 25 years, Weitz & Luxenberg’s lawyers have been fighting for the rights of those whose property, health and livelihoods have been impacted by environmental pollution, and we are ready to help you, your family and your business.
In April 2010, our lawyers, together with a consortium of law firms in the U.S., filed lawsuits in response to the BP oil spill. The complaints (Case Numbers 3:10-cv-00137-MCR-EMT and 2:10-cv-01229-KDE-SS) seek to recover damages on behalf of our clients whose businesses and properties were affected by the oil spill.
If your business or family is facing property damage or business interruption by the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, please complete the form on this page to have your possible lawsuit reviewed by our firm.
A Weitz & Luxenberg representative will contact you as soon as possible.
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