The economic aspect of Britrish Petroleum's disastrous Oil Spill in the Gulf of Mexico.Add to Cart Add to Lightbox Download
07 May 2010. Westwego, Louisiana.
Ashley Palmisano, a 22 year old single mother of two sells shrimp from A&B's seafood at the Westwego Fish market just outside New Orleans. Ashley worries that she may not have a job to go to in a couple of weeks. All seafood prices have risen 25% in the past 7 days alone as stocks run low thanks to closed fishing grounds affected by oil pollution. Today was the opening day of the inshore shrimp season. The season was closed before it could open thanks to BP's disastrous environmental catastrophe out in the Gulf of Mexico. Approximately 210,000 barrels of oil per day is leaking uncontrollably into the Gulf because of the explosion and collapse of the Deepwater Horizon drilling platform 46 miles out to sea. The closure of fishing grounds both east and west of the Mississippi river outflow is crippling thousands of local fishermen and all affiliated businesses and families who rely on the seafood industry. None of the shrimp or other seafood offered at the market are fresh catch from today. Everything has been through the IQF (Instant Quick Freeze) process and is seafood caught earlier in the season and brought from storage freezers in Venice and Grand Isle. Stocks are running low. With no new catches, the market will be forced to rely on farmed shrimp shipped in from Texas and Georgia. Local traders refuse to stock Chinese import fish raised with growth hormones, pesticides, fungicides and other contaminants widely found in Chinese farm raised seafood. Many fear losing their jobs and everything they own as a result of BP's Gulf Coast environmental disaster.
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