LAFITTE, La. - The latest NOAA projections show the leading edge of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill reaching coastal communities in lower Jefferson Parish by this weekend.
As a result, docks were silent along the bayou in the town of Jean Lafitte Wednesday.
On a normal May afternoon, fishermen would be selling up to a million pounds of seafood a day here to dealers like Randy Nunez of Nunez Seafood on Highway 45.
"You'd see about 20 men, hustling and bustling around this dock and boats lined up waiting to get their catches off," said Nunez. "This conveyor would be in full bloom and the whole dock would be running at a fast pace, right now."
With oil now threatening the entire Barataria Basin, prime fisheries and shrimping areas east and west of the Mississippi River are closed.
Nunez says the brown shrimp, shrimpers can get to are almost too small to sell.
"Normally, this time of year we should have a lot bigger, twice what this size is," said Nunez. "They're just too small really for the market right now."
Wednesday, Jefferson Parish set up a staging area in Lafitte for boom and other equipment to help keep the oil out of sensitive inland waterways.
The town is expecting additional deliveries of both hard and soft boom. The boom will be loaded on to a jack-up barge and taken out to the marsh, Thursday morning.
"We're also going to have a couple bigger boats stationed further out and hopefully BP will assign some boat captains to come out and bring the boom back and forth and set up the boom along the bank," said Lafitte Mayor Tim Kerner.
Lafitte charter boat captain Theophile Bourgeois hasn't see a drop of oil, but the spill is already effecting his business.
He says people are canceling their fishing trips because of the negative publicity surrounding the spill.
"Right now, we got redfish, we got a few speckled trout, we got some black drum, no doubt fishing is good," said Bourgeois. "It's probably the best Lafitte has been in a long time."
Bourgeois admits that could all change if oil ends up in the marsh where the fish live and grow.
"When they shut us down, no matter what these boat notes are still going to be here, the mortgage is still going to be there. If SBA is going to give you money to get you through, still you got to pay the loan back."
The National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration is analyzing water, fish and shellfish from Louisiana to Florida.
NOAA will use the information to decide where and how to stop fishing and whether seafood is safe to eat.