Some local seafood restaurant's worries now reality - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

6/16/10

Some local seafood restaurant's worries now reality after oil spill

By Katie Bauer - bio | email

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - As the 58th day of the spill is about to come and go, marine life and the seafood industry continue to struggle. Two weeks after the oil spill, we caught up with a couple area seafood restaurants that were just starting to worry.

Now nearly two months later, we check back in, and some of their concerns have become reality. "We're very worried, it's not something that we going to be able to say that this problem will be fixed over night, we know it's going to be a long process that we have to go through," said Paul Corcorran, owner of Riversmith's.

Corcorran says shrimp prices have already increased by 40%. "That's the biggest concern because that's where some much of the shrimp from the United States comes from is in the Gulf," he said.

Corcorran says he never would have guessed the coastal crisis would still be going on. "Six months from now, I don't know. I may have to take shrimp off the menu," he said.

And Corcorran is not alone with these worries. "It really affects the small restaurants the most," said Shrimp Galley managing partner John McVey.

McVey was concerned he was going to have to raise prices when the spill first started. Unfortunately he had no choice on one of his dinners. "You can't have these kind of price increases and not pass some of it on," he said.

And both men fear this will only get worse. "This is a big problem, that the whole country is involved with and there's some people on the coast that are really being affected, having foreclosures, and not being able to pay their rent, so I want people to be praying for them," said McVey.

"Only time will tell with this and you know it's not stopped yet. We have no idea where it's going to be, we're hoping and praying that things will get better in the Gulf and bear with us, we'll get through it," said Corcorran.

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