I tried to answer this question for a story in today’s paper, but what I learned is that it’s too soon to know for sure. It seems likely that the Gulf Coast disaster WILL cause prices of at least some seafood, particularly gulf shrimp and oysters, to go up. But nobody is quite sure yet how it will affect the seafood industry on a broader scale.
As we all know, however, when there’s a shortage in one part of the world, it often has a ripple effect on an entire industry. So even though a lot of the seafood consumed in America is imported, that might not save us at the grocery store or the seafood restaurant.
Know this: You should not be afraid to eat any seafood right now. Nothing in the supply line now was fished after the oil spill. Also, despite reports that the entire Gulf of Mexico is closed to fishing, some large swaths are still open and healthy products are coming out of those parts.
To learn more, check out my story here. Are you concerned? Let’s talk about this.