NEW ORLEANS — Before the oil spill ravaged Louisiana's marshlands, Randy Borne pulled in 70 dozen wire crates a day of squirming blue crabs. His traps dotted the swampy waters behind his house near Golden Meadow, a sprawling bayou town 80 miles south of New Orleans.
But five years after the worst offshore oil spill in U.S. history sent millions of gallons of crude spewing into the Gulf of Mexico, Borne says his crab catch has dwindled dramatically. Now, he usually lugs in only about 12 dozen crates' worth of crabs each day.
"Every year is worse and worse. I'm hardly catching nothing," he says in a thick Cajun accent from under the shade of his seafood shed. "I think the crabs got affected the most."
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