Seafood lovers say rising costs are worth it

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Posted: Jun 17, 2010 6:03 PM by Sarah Rosario
Updated: Jun 17, 2010 7:06 PM
Source: WBRZ

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Topics: shrimp, crab, seafood, vendors, price, oil spill, LA Boiler

The price of seafood is rising, but restaurant owners and vendors are doing everything possible to ensure consumers are getting what they want.

"We're paying a lot more for especially crabs and shrimp. We're paying a lot for it than what we usually are, and the volume is a lot less," said LA Boiler store manager Shane Billiot.

Billiot said producing a high quality product is getting tough. He said because of the oil spill, his company is forced to think outside the box.

"We're getting creative. We're considering doing a shrimp salad, jambalaya, seafood gumbo, some other options staying within the seafood family." said Billiot.

Products such as shrimp and crab are up 50 cents per pound. That price doesn’t compare to the two dollars more vendors are paying for the pound, but seafood lovers said they don’t care.

"I'd pay whatever it takes for seafood," said seafood customer Gale Browning.

Browning said she and her sister went to the LA Boiler Thursday to buy crab. Both said they’ll continue to pay as long as the seafood is homegrown.

"I try to support Louisiana as best I can. I'm not into the foreign market at this time. If there comes a time when there's no other option, I'll exhaust Louisiana's first and say a lot of prayers to get ours back," said Browning.

Vendors said if the oil gets into the marshes or Lake Pontchartrain, they’ll start having serious problems. They said all they can do is hope the oil will be cleaned up as soon as possible.

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