Friday, August 27, 2010

LA Times-After Oil Spill, Some Locals In Louisiana Won't Eat The Catch

Lafitte Frozen Seafood Corp in Louisiana: Win MacNamee/Getty Images
(Story reported by Kim Murphy for the Los Angeles Times)

President Obama served plates of barbecued gulf shrimp to guests at his 49th birthday party Aug. 9. But Kindra Arnesen, who runs a shrimp boat with her husband here in southern Louisiana, isn't nearly ready to eat what comes out of the tepid gray waters.

When news first hit of the massive oil blowout 50 miles southeast of here, Arnesen filled her freezer with shrimp. She has no intention of eating fresh seafood until she stops hearing from her fellow fishermen about blobs of oil on the sea bottom and tiny droplets of dispersed hydrocarbons in the water.

"I'm not going to sell somebody something I wouldn't feed my own kids, and we're not eating it," Arnesen said. "They can eat burgers for awhile."

(Click here to read the full story on the LA Times website)

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