Gulf oil spill impacts Chesapeake oyster shuckers

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Since the 1970s, when the Chesapeake's famous oyster harvest was starting to decline, local oyster plants have supplemented the local crop with oysters trucked in from the Gulf.

Now, the oil spill has cut off much of their oyster supply, creating a little pocket of Gulf Coast desperation on the Rappahannock River. Without enough work, the plant's 32 shuckers have pinned their hopes on a long-distance request that BP replace their lost income.

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