REFILE-Five years after BP oil spill, some Gulf oystermen are losing hope

April 19, 2015 7:42 PM

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NEW ORLEANS, April 19 (Reuters) - Five years after the largest oil spill in U.S. history spewed millions of gallons of crude into the Gulf of Mexico, many Louisiana oystermen are fearful that a once-bountiful population of the mollusks may never recover.

"My kids are losing hope," said Wilbert Collins, 77, a retired third-generation oysterman in southeastern Louisiana with four sons who followed him into the industry. The family business has endured a 60 percent drop in yields in the past five years.

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