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BP Oil Spill Update: Seafood Industry Fears Worst

May 18, 2010 – Despite small progress in containing the disastrous oil leak in the Gulf of Mexico, restaurants in New Orleans are preparing for the worst as the source of their livelihood comes under threat.

Tommy Cvitanovich, owner and operator of Drago’s Seafood Restaurant, said he has dealt with tough times in the industry in the past, but has never encountered anything like the possible impact posed by the BP oil slick. In an average week, Drago’s two locations will literally go through as much as 500 sacks of oysters and 1,000 pounds of shrimp. But Cvitanovich is already preparing for a worst-case scenario – a complete shutdown of the Gulf Coast’s seafood industry.

“You have to realize, our restaurant, 90 percent of the tables in our restaurant order oysters — charbroiled oysters. So not only are we a seafood restaurant, we’re also an oyster restaurant. So obviously with this spill going on right now, we’re very concerned.”

Gulf shrimp, blue crab, and oysters are staples on the menus of area restaurants and provide an important export for Louisiana. But with their stocks vulnerable to contamination, restaurant owners are already searching for alternative supplies.

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