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Retailers looking to other states for seafood

BILOXI, MS (WLOX) -

By David Elliott - bio | email

D'IBERVILLE, MS (WLOX) - A boat carrying about 30,000 pounds of shrimp caught in Florida waters pulled up to C.F Gollott and Son Seafood in D'Iberville Tuesday morning. Shipments like these are few and far between with the oil spill looking in the Gulf.

"Usually this time of year we would be working four, five, even six days a week. Last week, we worked only one day. Production is down," Arnie Gollott III said.

With most federal waters closed to commercial fishing from West Louisiana to the Florida Panhandle, retailers and processors are looking for product wherever they can find it in the Gulf region.

"We have not begun even looking at imports yet," Gollott said.

"These oysters came from Florida," Sean Desporte said as boxes were unloaded at Desporte Seafood in Biloxi. "And prices are going up." 

While everyone is cautiously optimistic, they realize the oil spill could have a catastrophic effect on fishing in the Gulf of Mexico.

"There has never been anything like this. If it comes on the coast, it could kill us," Desporte said.

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