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Wednesday, June 4, 2008

The Gulf of Shrimp and Oil



Is there any hope for saving the jobs in the Gulf Coast shrimping industry, which is home to the world's largest shrimping fleet? With the severe decline in shrimping, Port Isabel, Texas, seems to have found new hope in being the closest deep-water port to a new Gulf of Mexico oil field nicknamed the Great White. This new find has the potential to offset future oil prices and lost jobs in the shrimping industry.

Source: Ron Whitlock Reports

3 Comments:

Blogger Melissa Zamora said...

I didn't know Rep. Rene Oliveira was a shrimp connaisseur!

Wednesday, June 04, 2008  
Blogger The Merovingian said...

The industry is doomed under the "guidance" of our politicians, who are greedy and gutless to the core.

Too disgusted for tagline.

M.

Wednesday, June 04, 2008  
Blogger Brownsville Barrister said...

Mero,

I don't know what our local politicians can do about the price of diesel or the price of imported, farm-raised shrimp, which are the two main causes of the decline of the shrimp industry. The only thing we can do is to insist on wild-caught Gulf shrimp, which does taste better, but to do so the people must be willing to pay for quality. We have made that choice at The Ice House, even though it cuts into our profit margins. If wild-caught shrimp does not become a premium brand, like organic beef, then there is no hope for our local shrimpers. However, that is not something that politicians can or should do.

Wednesday, June 04, 2008  

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