Posted: Jul 16, 2010 1:42 PM by Melissa Canone
HOUSTON (AP) - Texas shrimpers concerned about what the BP oil
spill means for them are preparing for what could be a shaky season
and watching the horizon for longer term changes.
The commercial brown shrimp season opened Thursday night, but
state waters could close if oily water spreads to Texas. There's
more competition in a smaller area this year because the Gulf's
fishable waters are closed in other states. Shrimpers also face
nervous customers who wonder about the safety of Gulf seafood.
For the time being, fewer out-of-state boats will likely be
joining the Texas shrimp fleet, but that could change. Officials
have been fielding calls from fishermen asking about state laws,
apparently looking for options if the Louisiana oil spill closures
turn out to be long-term.