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any reluctance about eating gulf coast shrimp and oysters??

MarkG Sep 3, 2011 10:09 PM

Is the BP oil spill still a factor??

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    JazzyB RE: MarkG Sep 4, 2011 04:49 AM

    No, although long term effects on those whose diet is heavily laden can not be determined.

    1. TaTee RE: MarkG Sep 4, 2011 10:31 AM

      In New Orleans and the MS Gulf Coast, I have found that the shrimp, crabs and fish are fine to eat...and still delicious.

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        collardman RE: MarkG Sep 4, 2011 01:11 PM

        If there is a problem the class action suit against almost every restaurant from Panama City to Lake Charles is going to be a doozy.

        I have never stopped eating seafood and don't know any of my friends/family that have stopped.

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          texasredtop RE: collardman Sep 4, 2011 01:32 PM

          I've heard a lot of people turn it down, even over here near Houston. I just say - good, more for me. I've never stopped eating it and doubt there would be anything that would cause me to stop eating it.

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            James Cristinian RE: texasredtop Sep 4, 2011 05:40 PM

            I also live in Houston and this Gulf Coast question drives me crazy. People from outside the area seem to think the coast begins and ends in Louisiana. Guess what? Your Gulf Coast seafood is just as likely to come from anywhere from Florida, to Texas, or Mexico. If I knew the seafood was from Louisiana, I would still eat it.

        2. Panama Hat RE: MarkG Sep 5, 2011 04:11 AM

          If you think of what has been coming down the MS River for the last 100 years and we have eaten the seafood without a problem, the BP oil spill is not worth mentioning.

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            Hungry Celeste RE: Panama Hat Sep 5, 2011 05:41 AM

            That's my rationalization, too. What's a little Corexit when compared with the immense pesticide, herbicide, and fertilizer runoff from the agricultural Midwest? All of life is risk, and we over-focus on food risks these days. Maybe it's a substitute for nuclear worries...

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              drdelicious RE: Panama Hat Sep 6, 2011 08:31 AM

              Kinda what I always said too.... I'm thinking the 'yellow fever' bodies thrown in the River would have been a deterrent long before the oil spill.... or the DDT... I've eaten it my whole life, and I'm fine. I will always support the Gulf Coast (even TX ;), so yes, it's fine to eat.

              Gulf Coast Restaurants
              1200 S Clearview Pkwy, New Orleans, LA 70123

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              gfr1111 RE: MarkG Sep 5, 2011 04:51 AM

              Due to the spill, Gulf Coast (and I mean Texas through Florida) seafood is probably the most closely monitored in the world, and the scientists aren't raising any alarm. This Florida resident eats it and is not worried.

              Gulf Coast Restaurants
              1200 S Clearview Pkwy, New Orleans, LA 70123

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                Cookie Baker RE: gfr1111 Sep 6, 2011 09:23 AM

                Have been to New Orleans several times and enjoyed the local cuisine. And have visited our own TX Gulf Coast several times and enjoyed fresh caught, right in front of the house, trout and shrimp and still here to write about it!

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                  FoodChic RE: gfr1111 Sep 6, 2011 11:30 AM

                  This Texas girl eats it and LOVES it! I'll eat Gulf Coast seafood everyday of the week and twice on Sunday before I eat that stuff from Thailand/China.

                  Gulf Coast Restaurants
                  1200 S Clearview Pkwy, New Orleans, LA 70123

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                    arashall RE: FoodChic Sep 7, 2011 11:49 AM

                    +1 I've seen the shrimp farms in Thailand, and they are NASTY!

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                  rainey RE: MarkG Sep 6, 2011 09:28 AM

                  When Katrina hit and the first question of oil in fishing beds came up, I immediately packed my freezer with shrimp and resolved not to eat other shrimp. I ran out of shrimp a couple months ago and, so far, I've done without. I expect to for as long as I can.

                  I wish you guys in the Gulf area well and hope the planet can right itself with time. But I don't feel good about eating thing that eat from a petroleum soaked food chain.

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                    TaTee RE: rainey Sep 6, 2011 09:49 AM

                    Going into NO today and will stop at Schaeffer and Rusich and hope that some brave soul went
                    out yesterday or early this morning and caught some crabs. Love their seafood.

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                      INDIANRIVERFL RE: rainey Sep 6, 2011 11:46 AM

                      Degree in oceanography. The long hydrocarbon chains in natural oil breakdown with access to oxygen and microbes. The Gulf of Mexico has always had oil in the water due to natural seepage. It would be natural to assume that gulf species are better adapted to process and survive periodic increased oil densities as opposed to those in the Atlantic.

                      I think that I just gave somebody their Masters or Doctoral thesis.

                      I would have far greater concerns eating shrimp that has been 6 years in the freezer.

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                        Hungry Celeste RE: rainey Sep 6, 2011 11:46 AM

                        You do realize that the Gulf Coast food chain had petroleum in it long before man? Among the amazing NATURAL features of the Gulf: concentrated brine & methane lakes on the bottom, asphalt volcanoes, and a whole slew of chemosynthetic bacteria, worms, and mussels adapted to those conditions. The oil seeps out of the ground naturally in some places.

                        I'm simply trying to point out that the Gulf of Mexico ecosystem has plenty of naturally occuring petroleum seepage, so it's been part of the food chain for a long, long time.

                        Gulf Coast Restaurants
                        1200 S Clearview Pkwy, New Orleans, LA 70123

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                          kibbles RE: Hungry Celeste Sep 7, 2011 02:35 PM

                          natural seepage is one thing, but i dont believe that's equatable to quantity dumped out en masse in one area, plus chemical dispersants.

                          nobody will really know the effects of long-term, heavy consumption (sounds familiar). everything in moderation, i guess...

                        2. re: rainey
                          James Cristinian RE: rainey Sep 6, 2011 02:32 PM

                          I would like to know where you bought these shrimp. It seems as though you are in Los Angeles, and if you bought them there you have know way of knowing where they came from, anywhere from, as I mentioned earlier, Florida to Mexico. Mexico had one of the largest oil spills in history in the Bay of Campeche, with most of it ending up in Texas.


                          We were cleaning oil off our feet for twenty years afterward, and I haven't quit eating shrimp, or the marvelous speckled trout and redfish I catch. By the way, suntan oil works great on tar balls on the feet.

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                            collardman RE: James Cristinian Sep 6, 2011 10:36 PM

                            WWII had many U-boat sinkings of tankers in the Gulf. Then, until EPA got strong, tankers of every seagoing nation cleaned their tanks and pumped the effluent overboard into the Gulf. Tarballs on Grand Isle, Port Fourchon and west were common up into the 80's.

                            And there are natural oil seeps from Long Beach to Santa Barbara.

                            This country and the world has for many decades been eating from a food chain that is not pristine.

                            Everyone has to set up their own risk/reward scale.

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                              rainey RE: collardman Sep 7, 2011 07:41 AM

                              "Everyone has to set up their own risk/reward scale."

                              Precisely. And if the original question is "are there reservations" my answer remains "yes". I am cavalier about things that give others pause but this is over the line of my comfort zone.

                              A wholesale pumping of raw petroleum into a contained body of water from April 20 to Sept 19 is different than "seepage" or occasional tanker leaks. To put it in perspective, in addition to 436K gallons of dispersants (yum!) added to the food chain, the estimates are that 35K-60K barrels a day (average over duration 53K per day) amounted to 4.9 million barrels of oil that fouled the Gulf of Mexico and became part of its new ecology.

                              I wish the fishermen down there well. But it's not something I choose to or have to eat anymore. I love shrimp and oysters but I have always lived without them the equivalent of 50 weeks out of 52 in a year and living without them altogether for the next decade or so seems like a much better idea to me personally. More for you! You guys enjoy it now. ;>

                              1. re: rainey
                                NOLAFrank RE: rainey Sep 8, 2011 03:24 PM

                                To put some perspective of the amounts of contaminant in the gulf, the Gulf of Mexico has around 643,000,000,000,000,000 gallons of water. That is 643 Quadrillion gallons. The Mississippi river pours in over 4.2 million gallons of water into the Gulf of Mexico every second. so 140.4 million gallons of oil and dispersant would be basically equal to the amount of water that flows from the Mississippi river into the Gulf of Mexico in 35 seconds and as a percentage of the total water in the gulf it would be less than 100 millionth of 1 percent of the total quantity in the gulf. Add to the fact that much of the oil and dispersant rises to the top and follows the currents, if you're talking about eating seafood from deep in the gulf, you are living with a totally negligible risk at this point.

                                Of course, if you're like a co-worker who refused a free trip to Aruba because she was still "haunted" by the fact that Natalie Holloway got kidnapped and killed there, then just lock yourself inside and eat organically grown food from your own indoor greenhouse.

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                                  rainey RE: NOLAFrank Sep 8, 2011 05:39 PM

                                  You are free to eat all of it you want. Meanwhile, I took the original question as an honest interest in people's opinions. I didn't realize mine was up to a vote.

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                          ilikeNOLA RE: MarkG Sep 7, 2011 11:46 AM

                          I'l say it this way. For you, yes you should not eat them. That would leave more for us!!!
                          Peace Out!

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                            dinneranyone RE: MarkG Sep 8, 2011 08:12 AM

                            No never have stopped eating any of the seafood from locals - not even a thought of concern!!

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                              hjacmc RE: MarkG Sep 8, 2011 05:00 PM

                              Well, yeah. I have to admit I'm a bit apprehensive whenever I sit down to a plate of cold raw Gulf oysters. I know in my heart I will end up with a big bellyache after the 4th or 5th dozen, but I just can't help it. They are so FINE . . .

                              1. noradeirdre RE: MarkG Sep 8, 2011 06:13 PM


                                Though I wish Parkway would bring back their oyster poboy.

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