FILE - In a June 23, 2010 file photo, crews work to clean up oil from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill washed ashore at Pensacola Beach in Pensacola Fla. In a reversal, the Obama administration says it will not pursue offshore drilling in East Coast waters, including the eastern Gulf of Mexico. A senior administration official told The Associated Press on Wednesday, Dec. 1,, 2010 that because of the BP oil spill, the Interior Department will not propose any new oil drilling in the East Coast for at least the next seven years. (AP Photo/ Michael Spooneybarger, File)
Officials say a fund set up for fishermen struggling since the Gulf of Mexico oil spill is handing out $500 checks to 250 fishermen for Christmas.
The Friends of the Fishermen Fund was set up in July and has raised more than $127,000 through corporate and individual donors, according to the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries.
The Abita Brewing Co. donated $50,000 through its SOS Charitable Fund and Rouses Markets rounded up $30,000 by selling white boots made of paper at cash registers. They were among the top donors.