Fisherman from Delacroix Island leaning out of boat to check float
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Gulf oil spill: 'The monster under the water'

19 April 2011 Last updated at 10:18 BST

A year on from the Deepwater Horizon disaster, fishermen on Louisiana's Delacroix Island face an uncertain future, as Melanie Burford reports, with support from ProPublica.

The community was already in decline - hurricanes, erosion, the intrusion of modern life and falling seafood prices had all taken their toll.

Now, many of the remaining fishermen fear they may be the last of their kind, and that a way of life will disappear.

Photographer Melanie Burford / ProPublica