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Environmental Disaster In The Gulf Affects Seafood Sold In Baltimore
May 2, 2010, 11:40 pm
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Environmental Disaster In The Gulf Affects Seafood Sold In Baltimore

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On Friday a Fox News report highlighted the concern of a seafood business in Louisiana responsible for shipping blue crabs to Maryland.

From Fox News:
Wayne Ledet Junior and Senior are icing, sorting, and shipping beautiful blue crabs to Maryland. But if oil seeps into the marshes and waterways, it will kill the crabs and business.  Ledet Sr points to a crab saying, “What is going to happen is the oil is going to get into these lungs and the crab is going to die. This crab can’t live without these lungs just like we can’t.  Every bit of seafood in these marshes will if that hits it. I would say for a good ten years.”

Sunday night, The Associated Press had a more dismal report from the Ledets:

On Sunday, federal authorities banned commercial and recreational fishing over a wide swath of the Gulf of Mexico, from the mouth of the Mississippi to the Florida Panhandle, for at least the next 10 days.

Wayne and Lisa Ledet, who own Doris’ Seafood in Delacroix, earn $500-$1,000 a day when the fishing is good, packing up crabs, oysters and shrimp for buyers in Baltimore. They started their business after Katrina, invested more than $500,000 and just bought an $80,000 ice machine. Some $15,000 worth of bait will go unused because the fishermen are grounded.

Now, the couple is looking at the prospect of taking food stamps to get by. If the shutdown lasts more than a few weeks, they won’t be able to pay their bills.

“That’s it,” Wayne says. “It’s gonna be over with.”

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