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Apr 29, 2010 8:43 PM by Carolyn Cerda

Oil Spill Impact on Seafood

State leaders opened a Special Shrimp Season late Wednesday night along parts of the coast. The idea is to allow shrimpers to harvest the profitable white shrimp before the oil spill has an effect.

Local shrimpers tell KATC right now, they're just trying to save their harvest, while it's still good enough to eat. They say their scrambling to salvage what they can on such a short notice.

Local shrimper, Rene Gregorie, says they usually have a 72 hour notice before heading into the gulf.

"Now, we've got to hurry up and take extra fuel and ice... It's going to be a rush for everybody," Gregorie said.

Some diners are worried about the effects of the oil, as the seafood is shipped from the coast to restaurant tables, like Dupuy's in Abbeville.

But, owner Jody Hebert says there shouldn't be any concern.

"The seafood is safe to eat at this point in time, there's really nothing to be afraid of... Eat all the seafood you can, and support our industry," Hebert said.

Although some shrimpers are out in the waters trying to save their harvest, others are handling this incident in a different way.
Two Louisiana commercial fisherman have filed a federal class-action lawsuit over the oil spill.

They're suing for at least $5M in damages against Transocean, BP, Halliburton Energy Services Inc. and Cameron International Corp.

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