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5/6/10

Massive oil spill affecting area seafood restaurants

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - By Katie Bauer  - bio | email

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - While crews work to install a giant box designed to cap the spewing oil well in the gulf, some area seafood restaurants are already feeling the direct effects of the massive oil spill off the Louisiana coast.

30% of the nation's seafood comes from Louisiana that includes here in Hub City. For two small locally owned restaurants, the coastal crisis is hitting very close to home.

At Shrimp Galley on 82nd Street, managing partner John McVey says the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico has caused nothing but headaches.

"It's extremely difficult for a small restaurant because we can't go out and buy up all of the supplies that we would like to at the old prices because we don't have that kind of finances," said McVey.

McVey relies on his supply of shrimp and oysters coming from Louisiana.

"I use 3 sizes of shrimp and one of the sizes are already unavailable and the prices are already starting to go up as we speak," said McVey.

Over at Riversmiths on 5th and Avenue Q owner Paul Corcorran says his biggest fear is the unknown.

"What's that going to do to restaurants like us who have seafood, it's going to cause the price of seafood to go through the roof," said Corcorran.

He says the spill has directly affected his supply of shrimp, oysters, crab, and clams.

"My biggest worry is that we can't get the customers their product, the one thing that you don't want to do is tell somebody that you don't have the product," said Corcorran.

Corcorran says the suppliers haven't bumped up prices yet, but it is only a matter of time, he worries he might even have to look outside of the United States. While McVey has already had to scramble to find other seafood suppliers.

"We try to keep our prices as low as possible, but when the prices go up we will have to eventually raise our prices," said McVey.

50 miles from the Louisiana coast, crews are getting ready to lower a giant concrete and steel box on top of the leaking oil well on the ocean floor. This type of procedure has never been done before, so we still don't know if it will even work.

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