WLOX Editorial: Demand MS Gulf shrimp

Shrimp season will begin in Mississippi waters within the next few days. The same will be happening along the entire Gulf of Mexico. It is a great time to enjoy eating our wonderful gulf shrimp.

Recently ABC World News Tonight did a story that said ninety percent of the frozen shrimp in grocery stores are served in restaurants, especially chain restaurants, comes from overseas. The story showed how these shrimp are raised in small pens and many of them are treated with antibiotics during the growing cycle.

This leads us to suggest that anytime you eat out at a local restaurant ask where the shrimp are from.  If they tell you they are from overseas, just politely say you would rather they serve local Gulf Fresh Mississippi shrimp.

As we know the shrimping industry along the coast has had it challenges lately with the opening of the Bonnet Carrie Spillway last year and the 2010 BP oil spill. So our local fishermen need you as consumers.

If all South Mississippi restaurants and stores would serve or sell only Gulf caught shrimp it would help our seafood industry. How you spend your dollars in buying seafood does make a difference in our local economy. Plus, there is nothing more tasty than fresh caught shrimp from our local waters.

That's our opinion, we would like to hear yours. Email your thoughts to editorials@wlox.com, or post your comments below.

David Vincent
WLOX-TV General Manager

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