I was watching a blip on the news where some stores are strating to just blanket refuse seafood from the Gulf Of Mexico, not because it’s contaminated, but just because there is a public perception it is, whether true or not.
So that’s the question. Are you concerned about seafood from the Gulf Of Mexico?
I am currently not going to buy gulf seafood, mainly because I am worried about overfishing as it is - adding the death caused by oil [not contamination, but die off] I feel that it would be very easy to kill off entire species.
The whole mess sort of hits close to home, I have a friend on the coast who is being hit hard by the pollution, and another who was on the platform when it went boom and is now having issues with PTSD.
I don’t eat a lot of seafood, but I’m not at all worried that my dinner might come from the Gulf. If I were going to worry about my food, I’d be much more concerned with the packaging and the preparation than with the source…
It’s my understanding that we need to stop fishing there until the stocks have a chance to recover. Since the leak is still in progress, I’m guessing that’s going to be awhile.
I also have no knowledge at all about what affect the spreading oil can/does have on the various yummy creatures there. My daughter is young, and trace amounts of stuff that won’t hurt an adult can have an affect on her, so I’m careful. Until I’ve seen scientific analysis telling me that fish who eat oil balls or pass oil through their gills are safe, I’m not serving it.
I don’t generally eat Gulf seafood anyway, not because of the oil spill, but since I live in Seacoastal Southern Maine, and we have an overabundance of local seafood, oftentimes minutes off the boat, steamer clams, native shrimp, crab, and the crustacean Maine is famous for worldwide, good old Homarus Americanus, the Atlantic Lobster.
I hope the spill is stopped ASAP, and I hope impacts on the Gulf are minimal, and recovery times are quick, I shudder to think how a similar spill off the New England coastline would hurt us…
Personally, I have some doubts, but it’s because I started to think about the wonderful smoked mullet that I had occasion to eat in Florida, and seriously wondered about the future safety of the meat from some bottom feeders. Whether that is founded, I am not sure.
I’m a huge fan of seafood and I live on the Gulf coast. I am very worried about the shrimp and oysters because they breed in the marshes and estuaries where the currents aren’t as strong. For most of the local seafood “crops,” the state has opened the harvest season early so the fisherpeople can get as much as they can out of the sea before it’s all contaminated.
All that said, I was in the grocery store this weekend, shopping for seafood. I cannot find local seafood. Plenty of shrimp from Thailand in the stores (at least 24 hours too old for me), no local fish, no oysters. If it’s shipped in, frozen, from some far-off land, you can still get seafood in Florida. As of this past weekend, I am unable to find any local fare at all.
On the little card where it says “$6.99/lb.” if you look at the bottom of the card, in little, teeny, tiny letters, it will say, “Product of Thailand,” or “Farmed in Thailand,” or “Wild-caught from Florida” or somesuch. This is at Publix, if you have those where you live.
You can also ask, if you’re in a proper seafood shop. The seafood section of the grocery store does not count as “a proper seafood shop.”