Oil Spill Causes Seafood Market Spike


NEW ORLEANS — As the oil spill on the Gulf of Mexico continues to threaten marine life, seafood is selling out ashore as worried residents and businesspeople stock up in anticipation of an upcoming dry-spell.

“This could all be gone next week,” a Crescent City Farmers Market customer in New Orleans, told The New York Times. “And if we don’t get fresh seafood, what are we going to do? You can’t cook.”

According to a Times report, an load of 350 lbs of shrimp, costing $5 per pound, sold in an hour at last weekend’s farmer’s market, but the panic isn’t contained to Louisiana. People in south Mississippi and along the Florida Panhandle are also rewriting menus and storing away food.

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