Restaurants fear drop in seafood supply, tourism in wake of Gulf Coast oil spill

Restaurants fear drop in seafood supply, tourism in wake of Gulf Coast oil spill

Crews have been working round the clock for weeks to contain the massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, but their efforts have done little to contain fears that the crisis will have lingering repercussions on the restaurant industry.

Even as a 100-ton dome was put in place to control the spread of the crude, operators were bracing for higher seafood prices and a loss of tourism as the toxic slick threatened beaches, fishing grounds and wildlife breeding habitats.

“The oil spill

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