May 21, 2010 – Last month’s Deepwater Horizon oil rig disaster in the Gulf of Mexico -which killed 11 and continues to spill thousands of barrels of crude into the ocean everyday – is now causing fear about seafood safety and the fish oil supplement industry.
Some key facts to keep in mind:
- About 83% of the seafood consumed in the United States comes from overseas.
- Louisiana accounts for nearly 72% of the seafood caught in the Gulf of Mexico.
- Nearly all the oysters Americans consume are harvested here, 67% off the Gulf states. Louisiana represents about 41% of U.S. production.
- Six areas east of the Mississippi River in the coastal parishes of Plaquemines and St. Bernard have been closed to fishing. Once oyster beds west of the Mississippi are closed, they won’t be reopened until state and federal tests for hydrocarbons, flavor, and taste ensure than the shellfish and finfish are safe to eat.
- Louisiana fishers haul in 23% of U.S.-caught red snapper – about 589,000 of 2.5 million pounds nationally.
Restaurants and seafood wholesalers in Louisiana and Florida filed a class-action lawsuit against BP in federal court this week. Attorneys say their clients are covered by the Oil Pollution Act, and are asking the court to clear the way for claims against Deepwater Horizon owner BP.
Meanwhile, as the leak continues, BP officials say they are considering several methods of shutting down the well, including a “dynamic kill” by inserting fluids and drilling mud into the well bore.
Do I have an Oil Spill Lawsuit?
The Environmental Litigation Group at our law firm is an experienced team of trial lawyers that focus exclusively on the representation of plaintiffs in environmental catastrophe lawsuits. We are handling individual litigation throughout the Gulf Coast and currently accepting new oil spill cases in all affected states.
If you or somebody you know has suffered an economic loss related to your Gulf Coast business or coastal property, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing an oil spill lawsuit and we can help. We are currently accepting cases and/or claims in Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Florida.