Oil Spill Prompts Seafood Changes 7-02-2010 - WSMV Channel 4

Oil Spill Prompts Seafood Changes 7-02-2010

Reported by Jennifer Johnson
HENDERSONVILLE, Tenn.The Gulf oil spill is prompting some changes at mid-state restaurants. Some items are being taken off the menu, while others are being flown in from other parts of the country.

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September's restaurant in Hendersonville is still serving fresh fish, but one thing that won't be seen on the menu after this week is blue fin tuna.
"I feel like that's the responsible thing to do right now," said Owner September Norman. "It's not that they're being fished from the Gulf of Mexico, but the problem is that is one of only two known breeding grounds for blue fin tuna."
With that breeding ground currently incapacitated from the oil spill, diners may seen more and more restaurants pulling tuna off the menu to avoid extinction. Norman said Gulf oysters are also disappearing from restaurants, leaving only those from the East Coast or the Atlantic Ocean.
"The oysters from the Gulf tend to be a lot larger," said Norman. "They're salty, very salty, which makes them very tasty. The East Coast oysters are smaller and not quite as salty."
Seafood lovers said they've already altered their eating habits -- not by choice, but out of fear.
"Stuff that's coming out of the Gulf, I don't want to not eat it, but by the same token, you have to be concerned, don't you?" said customer Dennis Lindey.
Norman encourages consumers to ask questions. She said most shrimp, oysters and crab are safe to eat.
"You want to ask where the fish is coming from. The restaurant does have an obligation to disclose that to you, and as a customer, you have a right to know," said Norman.

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