Insular by custom and geography, the fishermen of Delacroix Island in Louisiana have even less time now for outsiders — especially outsiders with Canons hanging from their shoulders — as they race to catch what blue crabs they can before the oil leaking from the Deepwater Horizon well closes their fishery entirely.

“These fishermen are desperate and they’re terrified,” said Melanie Burford, 39, a contract photojournalist whom Corbis Images sent to the Gulf of Mexico in the hope of putting a human face to the unfolding catastrophe. “Everything they know and love is on the verge of being lost, and they don’t know for how long…”

A Race Against Time for Gulf Fishermen, from the New York Times, Lens blog back in June; sorry for not posting this sooner, Mel!