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The devastating oil spill that continues to threaten the Gulf Coast has left shrimp-lovers confused. Will they still be able buy wild-caught American shrimp? And what can they expect in the coming weeks and months?
Much has been written about the disaster’s impact on sea life and the local economy, where, according to the New York Times, the shrimp industry normally brings in $1.3 billion each year.
Already locals are stockpiling seafood. They fear that as the oil moves closer, prices will soar, availability will plunge, and regional seafood specialties won’t be easy to come by.
But in an interview earlier this week on CNN’s website, acclaimed chef and My New Orleans author John Besh encouraged consumers to reach for their wallets and continue to support the domestic shrimping industry. While he urges the government to take swifter action to help local shrimpers and fishermen, he also exhorts diners and consumers to keep demand high, and to eschew shrimp from foreign waters.
Those who want to enjoy shrimp dishes now can prepare simple recipes, like my lemony pesto shrimp skewers.