The Oil Spill in the Gulf Isn't Directly Affecting North Central Florida...Yet.
Even though oil has been pouring into the Gulf of Mexico at about 210,000 gallons per day, North Central Florida isn't being directly affected...yet.
Satellite images taken this morning show the massive oil slick in the Gulf of Mexico has reached the Mississippi Delta. Oil has been pouring into the water for 16 days and has closed fisheries across the Gulf, but those closures are about 250 miles away from where local distributors fish. The owner of Northwest Seafood says for now, seafood lovers shouldn't be concerned.
"What people are asking is if that products going to be available? Is it safe? Or is the pricing going to go up significantly? And at this point in time I don't think it will happen, but we'll probably wait and see what the market affect is due to the spill," said Richardson.
He adds that if the oil leak reaches the shore, it could have a dramatic impact the price and availability of seafood in our area.
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