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Lack of crabbing making some crabby

HANCOCK COUNTY, MS (WLOX) -

By Al Showers – bio | email

HANCOCK COUNTY, MS (WLOX) - 'Bob's Crabs' has been a fixture in Hancock County for more than 28 years, but the seafood dealer said he expects this year will be one of the toughest ever for his well known Bayou Caddy business.

He said the oil spill in the Gulf hasn't forced him out of business, but it has had a major financial impact. Bob's Crabs' cooler is almost empty these days. This time of year, it would normally be full of the best blue crabs the Gulf has to offer.

"We've lost a lot of business. We haven't be able to get the supply of crabs due to my fisherman working for BP which is a good thing for them but kind of slowed me down on being able to ship crabs out," said Robert Metz, Owner Bob's Crabs.

Metz normally runs a lucrative business, whole selling crabs to five states.

"Primarily Florida but we were shipping to Maryland and Virginia, Atlanta, Georgia and some crabs went to Louisiana. It takes 2,000 or 3,000 pounds of crabs just to make a load to go to Florida, and I haven't been able to get anywhere close to that. So it's shut us down."

A business that usually brings in more than $90,000 a month, now brings in less than $7,000.

"When the rig went in the water, the media said everybody had to pick their traps up within 48 hours. Everybody did, including me. And that wasn't the case."

He said he's now holding on to the hope that things will get better.

"I've still got a business here we've got really good crabs, not enough to whole sale which was the main part of my business was whole sale it's primarily retail right now."

In the meantime, Metz is now preparing one of his boats, in hopes that BP will put it to work.

"I'm not angry with BP. The thing happened. It was unfortunate; they're doing the best that they know how to do. And we've got to have fuel for our boats and vehicles. I just hope they get it stopped very soon because that amount of pollution going into a place as big as the gulf of Mexico can't do anything any good."

Metz says what really scares him is the long term affects the oil might have on the seafood in the Gulf.

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