Gulf seafood prices falling as demand drops

5:56 PM, Jun 3, 2010   |    comments
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Cortez, Florida --  Commercial fishermen in the Gulf of Mexico say they've got plenty of fish, but customers don't seem to be biting.

Even as the no fishing zone expands, most recently restricting 37% of the Gulf or 88,502 square miles, fishermen say they're still able to fish in the more shallow waters.

"Our biggest problem now is probably marketing the fish," said Glen Brooks, president of the Gulf Fisherman's Association.

AP Bell Fish Company in Cortez tells 10 Connects when the supply continues to build, simple economics means the price will drop.

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The price on most Gulf seafood, including grouper, fell 10% just within the last three days according to Karen Bell, with AP Bell Fish Company.

Oysters seem to be the only seafood product going up in price, she said.

Fishermen like Brooks are trying to encourage people to buy Gulf seafood.

"There's nothing wrong with the fish, they are clean.  We're harvesting them in areas that haven't been affected.  It's just public perception of oil being in the Gulf," said Brooks, "I eat it two to three times each week."

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, which overseas the no fishing zone restrictions says state and federal governments have tests in place to ensure the seafood coming out of the Gulf is safe and oiled products are not getting into the market.

Laura Kadechka, 10 Connects

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