VENICE, La. - The oil spill is casting a wide net, and among the Plaquemines Parish businesses already affected is Daybrook Fisheries.
Half their catch used to come from nearby Breton Sound, but now that is closed due to the oil spill, forcing these boats to fish farther west.
'We're having to go eight to ten hours to the west, where Breton Sound is right there,' said Captain Bryan Adams of the 'Lauren A.' 'And it just has eliminated half of our possible fishing grounds.'
Daybrook President Gregory Holt has had the flu this week, but what is keeping him awake at night is the potential impact of the oil spill on a company that was destroyed by Katrina, and rebuilt.
'This is our third week of production, and we're probably fifty percent below our normal fish catch at this time.'
Daybrook can process 100 tons of Menhaden fish an hour, producing fish oil and fish meal that are sold worldwide, from Norway, to China, to Chile.
'We have some processes here that actually are not in use anywhere else but here,' said Borden Wallace, Daybrook Executive Vice President.
'The fish, I like to kid people, all we do is take water out. Everything that we bring in the fish is utilized, nothing goes back overboard.'
But their fishing season is only six months long, and it started just three weeks ago, so the oil spill is a major threat here.
'If it moves into our marsh, then it could shut us in as well, then we would lose probably 90 percent of our fishing season,' Wallace said. 'The president has come down here, has empowered the local leadership,' Holt added. 'The Coast Guard is doing a great job.'
Company leaders are pleased with parish state and federal response to the spill, knowing how it could affect the lives of their 310 employees.
'Everybody is pretty scared, because we don't want to be cutting back, this is the time where we make the most of our money,' said Daybrook Supervisor Randy Jackson.
There is so much uncertainty about this entire situation, but the biggest worry here is what happens if the oil continues to push west, into the fishing grounds they are now using.
'I'm concerned,' said a worried Gregoryn Holt. 'I'm concerned, and I'm worried to the extent that I'm taking it day by day.'
Holt calls the oil spill a national disaster, and says that nobody knows what the outcome will be. But he is confident of one thing.
'Listen, you got to do what you have to do, and I'm going to get my company through this, one way or another.'