Gulf Seafood in Trouble as Oil Spill Nears

Predictions about the Gulf of Mexico oil spill have become broader. It's just a matter of time before the spill begins to affect those not living near the Gulf Coast.

The seafood industry, already besieged by import battles from third-world countries trying to dump loads of cheap shrimp and other seafood into the American market, Gulf Coast seafood concerns see panic ahead.

Already about 80 percent of American-eaten seafood is imported. Gulf States produce or harvest much of the remainder - most of which is cultivated and farmed in the affected waters. Oysters are probably not at risk, since they aren't exposed to surface waters. But shrimp and stocks of redfish would be affected. And should the oil sink or be otherwise carried down to the oyster beds, so would the oysters.

Regardless of whether the spill is not cleaned up quickly or not, the psychological effects will deepen. Markets will possibly shun Louisiana oysters, blue crabs, and shrimp. If that happens, it will certainly affect livelihoods. Industry workers from fishermen, farmers, truckers, fish handler and store owners would face a loss of revenue.

If you find yourself in one of these classes of businesspeople, and your livelihood is in jeopardy, you need to know your rights. The Doan Law Firm has extensive experience in personal injury and related cases. To talk to a professional, contact the Doan Law Firm at 1 Riverway, Suite 1700, Houston, Texas 77056. Phone: (713) 869-4747 or (800) 910-FIRM.

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