Voices of the Gulf—The Imperative to Ensure Seafood Safety

Seafood safety poses a two-fold dilemma for coastal communities because seafood is a primary source of food supply and thus fears of continued contamination have considerable financial, nutritional, and cultural impact, and because fisherpersons don’t want to sell tainted fish and consumers still fear for the safety of the Gulf seafood.
Consumer and fisherpersons confidence in seafood harvested from the Gulf of Mexico has yet to be restored. The Louisiana Seafood Promotion and Marketing Board  commissioned a survey analyzing national and regional consumer attitudes toward Gulf seafood and the effectiveness of communication strategies in spreading news about Gulf seafood safety testing. Approximately 71 percent of consumers are still concerned about the safety of consuming Gulf seafood, and 23 percent reported having reduced their seafood consumption as a result of the oil spill.

Mary McCall of Coden Alabama speaks about her connection with the community, the water, and the tradition of seafood processing in her family.

Errol Barry, a member of the Louisiana Oystermen’s Association who makes his living on the water speaks of feeling abandoned by a system that has promised to “Make the Gulf Whole”.

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