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Gulf Coast seafood sales strong for Christmas

Desporte owners say they the seafood they're selling is fresh, and safe. (Photo source: WLOX News) Desporte owners say they the seafood they're selling is fresh, and safe. (Photo source: WLOX News)
BILOXI, MS (WLOX) -

From gumbo to oyster dressing, seafood dishes have always been a traditional part of holiday feasts in South Mississippi, and Desporte and Sons Seafood in Biloxi has been part of that tradition for 120 years. 

A steady flow of customers made their way into Desporte's Seafood to beat the noon closing time on Christmas Eve.

"We're having gumbo. We've having fried shrimp as well as fried oysters," said Rose Allen.

Will Christian is in town from Tennessee visiting his family, and says he put in his request before he arrived. 

"Well I had one request when I came down here and that was to get some good, home cooked seafood," said Christian. "So this was the number one choice. When I come down, I always miss the Gulf Coast fish."

Owners say it's been busy all week, and customers aren't asking about whether the red tide in the sound is impacting seafood safety. 

"I've talked to DMR. I've talked to a lot of people, and they've tested the waters," said Sean Desporte. "I've had some of the head guys in DMR buying fish, shrimp, crab meat and oysters from me. So you know it's safe when they're all buying oysters and stuff, too." 

The Desporte family has been selling fresh seafood to the families along the Gulf Coast for four generations, and it's one reason some customers say they support the business. 

"We should support each other," said Chere Stevenson. "Instead of going into the grocery stores who are importing shrimp and importing their seafood, I'm going to come down there to the local store."

 Workers at Desporte Seafood were also busy making deliveries on Christmas Eve morning to their business clients. 

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