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Commercial fishermen can once again trawl Louisiana's waters, after the shrimp season opened on Monday. But questions linger over what effects the Gulf of Mexico oil spill will have on the harvest.
More than a fifth of federal waters in the Gulf remain closed due to fear of oil contamination. The seafood marketing board says the Louisiana shrimp industry creates more than 14 thousand jobs, and brings in 1.3 billion U.S. dollars a year for the state.
The U.S. government says seafood pulled from the areas of the Gulf of Mexico open to fishing is safe to eat, despite the disastrous spill. To drive home this message, U.S. Commerce Secretary, Gary Locke, ate lunch with fishermen from the Gulf at a seafood restaurant on Monday.
Gary Locke, US Commerce Secretary said "I have absolute confidence in eating the seafood from the Gulf Coast, it is thoroughly tested whether the fish, or the seafood, comes from federal or state waters. There's an agreed upon protocol of testing by the FDA, established by the FDA."
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