Oil Spill Likely to Increase Seafood Prices

POSTED: Friday, May 21, 2010 - 12:08pm

UPDATED: Thursday, June 3, 2010 - 11:59pm

The Department of Wildlife and Fisheries announced closures near lower Lafourche Parish, Jefferson Parish, and parts of Caminada Pass. The areas are unsafe because of oil in the water and tar balls on Fourchon Beach.

Officials worry seafood there may be contaminated. All areas will remain closed until tests show the seafood there is safe.

These closures ultimately mean you may have to pay more for seafood. Nearly twenty percent of the Gulf is off limits to fisherman, so that means there are fewer oysters, shrimp and fish available.

So far, prices have remained relatively stable, but seafood lovers are getting their fill now, before prices increase.