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Florida fisherman devastated by oil spill


ELK RUN HEIGHTS (KWWL)-- The massive oil spill out in the gulf has made world headlines for weeks now.

It's already changed the lives of fishermen who make their living on those waters, which are now polluted with crude oil.

Ron Roster, originally from Elk Run Heights, has been a fisherman in Florida for more then 17 years, but this latest oil spill may force him to find a new job.

 "Change directions...hopefully. I know I have to go some direction by the time it gets done hopefully I still have a home. Hopefully I can pick up the pieces that are left and continue on." said Roster.

Ron was bringing in his vessel when he heard the news about the oil spill.

He doesn't think he will ever be able to go back out on the water.

"I haven't untied it yet and I don't think I will. I can't take the chance letting my vessel go out and fish and coming back in with contaminated fish and making people sick."

Ron was hoping to pass down his fishing business to family, but can't imagine that now.

"They will be retirement age before this is ever cleaned up."

It's hard to put a dollar value on how much Ron has lost, but he will certainly miss a passion he had for so many years.

"I'm going to miss it. I'm going to miss it. It is too soon in the game to say I miss it. I guess it's a tragedy that is going to take a little bit of time to sink in like this is real and actually happening and its happening to our country."

Online Reporter: Nikki Newbrough

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