Tallahassee, Florida - Seafood lovers who are confused about the availability of Florida seafood products due to the Gulf oil spill can now get daily updates about the ongoing commercial harvest.
The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services has implemented a new toll-free hotline at 1-800-357-4273 to provide consumers with current information about the status of Florida's open and closed fishing harvest areas, the availability of seafood varieties, and general pricing information.
Bronson said the telephone hotline will be updated daily with information about the Gulf situation. He also reminded consumers that, in addition to the Gulf waters off Florida's west coast, Florida's fishermen also harvest numerous seafood varieties from the Atlantic waters off the state's east coast.
The information that is available by calling the 1-800-357-4273 hotline will also be posted online at the Department's seafood web site http://www.FL-Seafood.com where consumers can also find links to other pertinent web sites including the Florida Department of Environmental Protection.
Inspectors trained to sniff seafood for oil.