Oil Spill Upping Price For Domestic Shrimp

U.S. shrimpers who comb seas unaffected by the oil-slickened Gulf are raising prices as demand for their catch rises, bringing a potential respite from some tough years.

Fishermen in North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia and Texas, whose waters have not been affected by oil, say prices for their shrimp have gone up as processing plants that normally buy Gulf seafood turn to other docks for their supply.

Rutledge Leland is owner of Carolina Seafood in McClellanville, South Carolina. He said the price for frozen shrimp has increased about 30 percent in the last couple of months, a jump he said was aided by the April 20th Gulf spill. It has closed about a third of federal waters in the Gulf to fishing boats for fear of contaminated seafood.

While 90 percent of the shrimp consumed in the U.S. is imported from overseas, most domestic shrimp is caught in the Gulf.


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  • by Audra Location: SoCal on Jun 14, 2010 at 11:04 AM
    So... lemme get this straight.. There are uncontaminated waters and fishing/shrimping being done there - for which there is a demand - and they're charging more for it, because....? There's a bigger demand for my product now and my sales are increasing in this region, so I must increase the cost because....? Oh yeah, greed. Duh me. Excuse me for pointing out the obvious but the oil slick isn't what's fueling the price hike. Pull that wool over someone else's eyes.
  • by tug Location: New Bern on Jun 12, 2010 at 04:38 PM
    With any luck, we will have a really good harvest and the hardworking fishermen can make some money. We taken away everything else from them with limited net sizes, decreased seasons, and increased regs. Good luck fellas. Hope you catch enough to at least pay the fuel bill and have some left.
  • by Shrimp, Shellfish, Selfish on Jun 12, 2010 at 01:26 PM
    If you're gonna fry them in oil, the added "oil flavor" shouldn't matter that much, should it? j/k
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