Gulf coast spill hurting seafood lovers' wallets

By Alan Collins

BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) - After 30 days of an oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, seafood lovers are starting to feel the pain in their pocketbook.

At Snapper Grabbers in Vestavia Hills, owner Pat Cary says his supply of shrimp, oysters and crabmeat is starting to dwindle. "Alabama shrimpers, they are working the cleanup. There are doing less shrimping. Less product and a lot more demand for that product. That's going to rise the cost of course," Cary said.

The cost of shrimp and oysters has jumped about $2 a pound. At Jubilee Joe's in Hoover, owner Kash Siddiqui says the oil spill has increased pressure on his business. "It's affecting our cost. It's brought it up which is hurting business because we have to increase our prices to stay in business it's getting tough," Siddiqui said

Both businesses are being forced to look for seafood further down the gulf, closer to Florida and elsewhere. "We love the gulf product. It's the best. It's my favorite of all. I have to go to go to other options. I don't have a choice," Siddiqui said.

So the good news at this moment in Alabama, is that seafood is still in good supply here, but those who depend on seafood are keeping a close eye on the gulf and what BP is doing to solve the gulf coast crisis. "Get it shutdown now. We want to get it stopped as fast as we can. They are still pumping a lot of oil out there. We got to get it stopped," Cary said.

Until then Cary and Siddiqui are vowing to continue to search for quality seafood for their customers and to try to keep the price down as much as possible.

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