Commercial fishermen continue to sustain significant losses as the BP oil spill moves into precious fishing habitats along the gulf coast, causing widespread closings. 

MONTGOMERY, ALA. (June 21, 2010) – The Montgomery law firm Beasley, Allen, Crow, Methvin, Portis & Miles, P.C. has filed another lawsuit against British Petroleum (“BP”) and several other companies with ties to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. The firm represents Waylon Callaway, a commercial fisherman located in Gulf Shores, Alabama, who has incurred damages to his business as a result of the BP oil spill disaster, including loss of profits, business income, and earning capacity.

With an estimated 40.7 million to 114.5 million gallons already in the gulf as a result of the BP oil spill, scientists and government officials continue to raise the daily oil leak from its original 1,000 barrels per day (42,000 gallons per day) to  35,000-60,000 barrels per day (1.47 million – 2.52 million gallons per day).  As a result, fishing closures have been issued that encompass 86,985 square miles and cover 36 percent of the Gulf of Mexico. The closures could not have come at a worse time, as the peak saltwater-fishing season along the Gulf Coast is in full swing and continues throughout the summer. Commercial fishermen are being hit especially hard as the fishing areas they normally use to harvest fish and earn a living are contaminated with oil and closed due to the spill.

“The commercial fishing industry is especially sensitive to fishing closures – especially during the peak season of fishing where they are just getting through the winter,” Rhon Jones, head of Beasley Allen’s Environmental Law section said.  “Considering how large and damaging this oil spill is, the effects on the fishing economy and marine life in general are going to be unprecedented. To many of these fishermen, there is real concern that their entire way of life has been compromised.”

The suit is filed in the Southern District of Alabama on behalf of Waylon Callaway, a commercial fisherman located in Gulf Shores, Alabama, who harvests fish and marine life in the Gulf of Mexico. The suit seeks damages for earning capacity, business income, and other damages related to the oil spill disaster. The suit alleges negligence and wanton misconduct.  Defendants named in the suit are BP, Halliburton, and Cameron International.

Beasley Allen has currently filed a number of lawsuits to help protect businesses and individuals harmed by the oil spill.  The first suits were filed on behalf of Plaintiffs in the commercial fishing and restaurant businesses.  Recently, Beasley Allen filed cases on behalf of Gulf Coast real estate management companies, charter fishing guides, a commercial fishing deckhand, and a SCUBA diving business. These businesses and individuals are suffering major economic losses as vacationers cancel bookings at what would be the start of the industry’s most lucrative season.

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