May 21, 2013
Fishermen Test Troubled Gulf Waters
Posted on Aug 16, 2010
Americans get half of their shrimp from the Gulf of Mexico, but that was before it was contaminated by 190 million gallons of oil and 2 million gallons of chemical dispersant. Shrimp season officially started Monday, but it will be some time before we know whether the ravaged Gulf waters—and American appetites—are up to it.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration says it is committed to long-term testing of Gulf seafood for contamination.
Beyond whether Gulf fish and shrimp are safe to eat—and the government says tests show that they are—there’s the question of whether all of the turmoil has left much of anything to catch.
The New York Times set off with a shrimp boat and things didn’t seem to go so well:
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