Paul Latapie, III

Location of Interview
Collection Name

Deepwater Horizon Oil Disaster Oral History


NOAA's Deepwater Horizon Oil Disaster Oral History documents the experience of people living in Gulf  of Mexico  oil-spill-affected fishing communities. The oral history data complements other social and economic data about the spill collected by NOAA and other governmental agencies and non-governmental organizations.

Date of Interview

Stephanie Scull-DeArmey
Linda VanZandt

Supplemental Material
Biographical Sketch

Paul Latapie is a third-generation commercial fisherman who resides in Violet, St. Bernard Parish, La.

Scope and Content Note:
He discusses the following topics in his interview: Commercial fishing, multi-generational fishing family, species gathered, trapping/marketing fur, loss of wetlands, Hurricane Katrina of 2005, crawfish farming, finfishing, gillnets, regulations, crabbing, shrimping, boats, oysters, changes in equipment, BP Deepwater Horizon oil disaster, Vessels of Opportunity, Corexit oil dispersant, lost-income claims against BP, Hurricanes Gustav and Isaac of 2006, freshwater diversion into marshes, imported seafood, marketing catches, public perception of tainted Gulf seafood.

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