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Last updated: 10 june, 2010 - 10:50 GMT

Oil spill stories: the human impact of the Gulf of Mexico spill

Bayou La Loutre, part of the large network of inland waterways that are threatened by the oil drifting in from the Gulf of Mexico

Louisiana's shrimping season officially began at the end of May, but many boats remain anchored following fishing closure zones in the spill area

The Gulf of Mexico oil spill has been described as the biggest environmental disaster in US history.

BBC reporter Robyn Bresnahan has been travelling round Louisiana meeting local people whose livelihoods have suffered.

The restaurant scene in New Orleans is famous for its seafood gumbos, jambalayas and fried oysters, but some restaurants are changing their menus because they are finding some people are afraid to order seafood because of fears it might be tainted.

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Robyn went to one fishing village in Louisiana to see how the disaster has affected families who have been fishing for generations.

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The spill is not only affecting fishing families in economic terms, but psychologically too.

Robyn went to a centre in rural Louisiana that has begun to offer them counselling.

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First broadcast 28 May - 3 June 2010

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