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May 13, 2010 12:35 PM by Letitia Walker

BP Promoting Louisiana Seafood

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Oil giant BP has given $2 million to the Louisiana Seafood Promotion Board to help the seafood industry get out the message that Louisiana seafood is available and safe despite the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. And the board says it will be asking for more from the oil company.

The board met Thursday in New Orleans, where members said they support the state closing of many areas to fishing and oyster harvests to help assure the nation that seafood getting to market is safe.

While Louisiana seafood is still available, board members acknowledged it is not as abundant as it was. Shrimp, crab and oysters are not as plentiful as they were before the spill.

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