May 19, 2010 – Those who make their living along the Gulf Coast were the first to be impacted by last month’s deadly Deepwater Horizon oil rig disaster, but the ripple effect now extends throughout the country.
Matthew Lepetich owns the rights to oyster beds in the direct path of the massive slick, and if the oil reaches them before he can harvest, Lepetich says he will lose $4,500 a day. “It’s a domino effect and it starts right here,” he said.
While Lepetich’s customers await his harvest, one oyster house in Mississippi has already laid off 60 workers because many Louisiana oyster beds are off limits.
Last week, oyster prices went up $10 a gallon, Gulf Coast fish rose a dollar a pound, and shellfish went up by $6, from $24 per hundred to $30.
And while seafood prices are rising, tourism is falling along the Gulf Coast. The mere threat of oil is causing thousands of hotel cancellations. After Katrina in ’05 and two years of recession, many business owners thought 2010 would be a breakout year. So far, though, it’s looking more like a bust.
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