How the BP Oil Spill Affects the Seafood Industry
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What’s the problem?
The expanding oil slick in the Gulf of Mexico has shrimp and oyster fisheries bracing for the worst. To date, several class-action lawsuits have been filed by the commercial fishing industry as economic losses begin to mount.
Collectively, the suits name BP, which leased the drilling platform from Transocean, who is also named as a defendant. Haliburton Energy Services, which was involved in cementing the well and cap, and Cameron International, which supplied the rig’s failed blow-out prevention equipment, are named as defendants as well.
The disaster came at the worst possible time for the commercial fishing industry, as it occurred precisely when shrimp being making their way from the estuaries out to sea, marking the beginning of the shrimping season.
According to Deborah Long, a spokesperson for the Southern Shrimp Alliance, “The Gulf region lands the bulk of US shrimp — Louisiana is first, followed by Texas, Alabama, and Mississippi,” she said. “Shrimpers have been struggling to stay in business as it is, with the fleet size having been cut in half since 2002. In 2009, the number of days fished was 63.5% lower than the 2002 and 2003 averages, which is an indicator of the health of the industry; it shows that fishermen are either dropping out of the business or they just can’t afford to go out and fish.” She says the spill threatens to close access to their livelihood “for an unknown amount of time.”
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