Lesson of the day: BlackBerries work even in the deep Louisiana bayou.
We're on an oyster boat. Just met LeRay Billiot, a 35-year oyster fisherman who, in between brief bits of conversation with me, dredges hundreds of pounds of oysters from the bayou into his boat, "Lady Linda."
It's hard work. And it's getting harder. Hurricane Rita dumped hundreds of thousands of tons of marsh grass onto the reefs, suffocating the oysters. The sudden rush of salt water killed them too. So not only have some fisherman lost their homes and their boats, they've also lost the resource that would have allowed them to work and get those things back.
Tonight we'll introduce you to LeRay. He's a great guy. I just wish I'd had some chest-deep waders like he had. I have oyster schmutz all over my pants.