“Dire Situation” in Miami: Shrimpers wonder if BP Disaster to blame for “failure of shrimp to show up” — Oil and dispersant worries


Shrimpers at a loss as supply and economy sink, Miami Herald, February 8, 2011:

This year, three months into shrimp season [in Miami's Biscayne Bay]... “This is becoming a dire situation,” [Jeff Hald of Fort Lauderdale] says, bemoaning the generally meager catch so far. ...

[There's] an unsubstantiated but nagging feeling that last year’s BP oil spill has something to do with the situation, and shrimpers are feeling anxious. ...

“They’re just not here. I don’t know why. Nobody does.”

Added Opa-locka seafood dealer Jorge Fundora: “We’ve seen very little shrimp compared to past years. We usually get a good December and January run, and we didn’t get it.” ...

[S]ome of the fishermen are wondering out loud whether the gusher into the gulf is a factor in the failure of shrimp to show up miles away in Biscayne Bay. ...

[T]he fishermen worry that the oil and dispersants used on the spill may have killed spawning shrimp and their larvae, decreasing the numbers here.

Read the report here.

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