Experts: Gulf Shrimp Safe, But Yields Low

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

Dave Burrage, a marine resources professor at the extension service, says there wasn't much time to harvest the shrimp. He also says many shrimpers temporarily worked in BP's Vessels of Opportunity program to skim oil.

Burrage says shrimpers generally land about 1.5 million pounds of shrimp in June. This past June, they landed only 186,000 pounds.

Burrage says the good news for shrimpers is the price is up by about a $1 per pound. Officials say the shrimp went through rigorous testing.


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  • by Citizen Location: Meridian on Aug 22, 2010 at 09:59 AM
    I hate it for the shrimpers and fishermen, but it will be a long time before my family will touch seafood again. The government and BP can tell me all they want to that the food is safe, but we are just not going to trust it. I know a lot of people feel this way, even though we want to support our local economy and those fishermen. When it comes to the safety of our families we are generally very cautious about things we are not sure about.
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