The oil spill is taking a big toll on Gulf of Mexico oyster supplies.
Around 60 percent of Louisiana's oyster beds were closed by mid-June as a precautionary measure, according to a processor. In addition, Louisiana's freshwater diversion project, which releases water from the Mississippi River to Plaquemines Parish's wetlands areas, may further reduce oyster supplies. While the state released fresh water to help protect the area from potential… Read More
Like many ocean-side fish markets, Wild Ocean Seafood Market in Titusville, Fla., has made a name for itself by supplying quality, local seafood. In the case of Wild Ocean — a retailer, wholesaler and distributor — local specialties include Florida rock shrimp, stone crab, mullet, Spanish mackerel and kingfish.
While Wild Ocean’s parent company, Cape Canaveral Shrimp Co., has been in business for around 40 years, Wild Ocean’s two retail… Read More
Even as they ask for a multi-state task force to handle the Gulf of Mexico oil spill and rotating fishing closures, Louisiana seafood officials last week urged the U.S. Congress to support offshore oil drilling.
Harlon Pearce, chairman of the Louisiana Seafood Promotion and Marketing Board and owner of Harlon’s LA Fish in New Orleans, and Mike Voisin, a Louisiana’s Department of Wildlife and Fisheries commissioner and owner of… Read More
Efforts to help fishermen and seafood companies impacted by the Gulf of Mexico oil spill are under way.
This weekend, more than 100 restaurants in 18 U.S. states and Washington, D.C., participated in the "Dine Out for the Gulf Coast" campaign. A portion of the restaurants' sales from 10 to 12 June will benefit the Gulf Oil Spill Fund. The fund was established by the Greater New Orleans Foundation to help fishermen and their families.
The Louisiana oyster fishery’s supply problems due to the Gulf of Mexico oil spill have reached a “critical stage,” John Tesvich, president of Ameripure Processing Co. in Franklin, La., told SeafoodSource this week. Tesvich is also chairman of the Louisiana Oyster Task Force and a member of the Plaquemines Oyster Association.
“You will see massive closures of oyster businesses, and restaurants will be taking oysters off the menu,” said… Read More
Chris Lusk, executive chef at Café Adelaide, located in the Loews New Orleans Hotel, was recently crowned the “King of Louisiana Seafood.” Lusk and 11 other Louisiana chefs participated in the annual Louisiana Seafood Cook-Off during the New Orleans Food and Wine Experience in late May.
The title of “King of Louisiana Seafood” has never been more important, as Lusk will serve as a Louisiana seafood ambassador in the wake of the Gulf of… Read More
It's Memorial Day weekend, the unofficial start of summer in the United States, and retailers across the country are promoting seafood, especially grill-friendly fish, for summer gatherings.
Alaska's Copper River salmon run is one of the year's most popular seafood-related events, and grocers are taking advantage of the excitement surrounding the fishery. Appleton, Wis.-based Festival Foods, which operates 13 Wisconsin stores, sent text messages… Read More
U.S. Gulf shrimp is in high demand, as consumers are buying large quantities over fears that it will soon be un available due to the disastrous oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.
Although the Louisiana Department of Wildlife & Fisheries opened the fishery in early May, many of the shrimp are still small, suppliers report, and certain areas off the Louisiana coast remain impacted by closures, especially in the southeastern part of the state.… Read More
Louisiana chefs and officials urged support of the state's restaurants and seafood industry at the National Restaurant Association (NRA) Show in Chicago this week, aiming to calm consumers' fears about the safety of Gulf of Mexico seafood in the aftermath of the worst oil spill in the nation's history.
"If it is in the marketplace, it is good. The health department is testing our waters on a daily basis, and fishermen don't want tainted product… Read More
Treasure Bay Resort & Casino survived Hurricane Katrina, but just barely. Situated on the Biloxi, Miss., waterfront, the treasure ship-shaped casino was nearly wiped out after the devastating 2005 hurricane, and the company was forced to renovate its hotel and restaurants.
Five years later, its restaurants have come back strong, selling 42,000 pounds of Gulf of Mexico shrimp annually. The resort's eateries include Infinity buffet; CQ, a… Read More