Fisherman worried Gulf seafood is not safe to eat

BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - By Jessica Bowman – email

BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - Forty pounds of fresh Gulf shrimp was packed in ice inside Glenda Dyess' cooler. She said this is not her first visit to the dock since the coastal crisis began.

"I've bought some since the oil spill and I'm eating them," Dyess said.

Anthony Pizzi is on the other side of the debate. He's a fisherman who's not fishing right now, because he's worried our marine life is tainted.

"I just don't trust them yet. I think there's more research that needs to be done," Pizzi said.

Pizzi is happy to see the well permanently sealed, but said that does not bring his life as a fisherman back to normal.

"That's just the first step. Now we need to take care of everything else that falls behind all of this."

Pizzi believes it could take years to know the full impact of the oil spill and cautions officials and other fishermen against jumping back into the water too soon.

"I can't say it enough, let's not get in a hurry and open up these waters to have lawsuits or whatever might happen with this," said Pizzi.

Pizzi said he is also worried about the lingering effects of the dispersants used to break up the oil in the Gulf. But Glenda Dyess remains confident in Gulf Coast seafood and the people who test it.

"I wouldn't feed them to my family if I thought they were going to harm them," said Dyess.

DMR officials continue testing waters saying there is no harm in eating Gulf seafood.

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