“Farmers of the Sea” Say Livelihood Dying from Midwest Ag Pollution

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Thomas Olander of Louisiana has been a shrimper and fisherman for about 40 years. He says his livelihood and way of life is dying out because of the growing dead zone in the Gulf of Mexico. “The guys that drag across that area, they absolutely cannot catch anything alive,” he says. “Nothing lives in it.” According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, dead zones are caused by "excessive nutrient pollution from human activities coupled with other factors that deplete the oxygen required to support most marine life in bottom and near-bottom water.” This year, the dead zone in the Gulf of Mexico was measured as the largest it has ever been - 8,776 square miles - an area the size of New Jersey. Olander catches shrimp inland from the...

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