Gulf seafood: a year after the spill
April 20th, 2011
10:45 AM ET
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On April 20, 2010, the Deepwater Horizon rig exploded in the Gulf of Mexico killing 11 crew members and leaking more than 200 million gallons of oil into the water. Today marks the one year anniversary of this disaster.

From "Stories from the Gulf, one year on"

In the Louisiana marshes, members of the Pointe Aux Chenes Indian Tribe say the spill has affected everything.

"It changed our way of life for sure," says tribe member Theresa Dardar. "We're not eating like we usually eat."

She continues:

Her family used to eat seafood every day. Now, they eat shrimp only on Fridays. The rest of the week, it's chicken, pork and beans.

She says she hasn't had an oyster since "before the spill." That especially hurts because she longs for the oysters of the past.

"We love fresh oysters," she says. "My husband even more so. He was tempted to get some recently, but he said no, he wouldn't take a chance."

Dardar says the tribe had independent tests conducted on local shrimp, oysters and crab - and the results showed some were tainted.

"We don't trust the tests that the state and federal governments did."

Previous stories from the Gulf:

Oysters stage a comeback after BP disaster

Beyond Raw: How New Orleans serves up oysters

New Orleans: The food that got them through

Green Solutions In Focus: Hope on the half shell

A new wave of relief for Gulf Coast fishing families

Minnesota farmer battles Gulf 'dead zone'

Chef Bryan Caswell, doing his part for the Gulf

Where did the oil go? Scientists fear, into the food chain

See all Gulf Coast oil spill coverage throughout CNN

CNN's Wayne Drash, Chuck Haddad, Tom Foreman, Jamie Gumbrecht, John Sutter and Jessica Ravitz contributed to this report.

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