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Seafood prices rise for SETX restaurants

The oil spill has closed most Louisiana waters to shrimpers and fishermen, and already restaurant owners are paying the price by stocking up on their supplies of shrimp, oysters, and crab.

At Sartin's Seafood in Nederland shrimp, fish and oysters are ready to go for the bustling lunch crowd.

But it's a message on every table that has regulars like Jimmy Davis talking.

"You can still get your oysters and shrimp and crab - but it won't be all you can eat - but thank goodness you can still get it" said Davis.

It's not all you can eat anymore at Sartin's in Nederland, because the Gulf oil spill and skyrocketing seafood prices have forced owner Kimberly Tucker to make some changes.

"Right now we're just trying not to pass that down to the customer - so the only way to compensate that is to not do any all you can eat" said Tucker.

Tucker said that boxes of crabs have risen about ten dollars since the oil spill, and that the price of shrimp has risen nearly twenty-five percent per pound.

"It's affecting everyone in the area - from the shrimp houses to the shrimpers to the restaurants- it's affecting everyone" said Tucker.

And while the number of customers hasn't changed for Sartin's - their customer's attitudes about what they eat - has.

"It's kind of an awakening - you thought it would never happen but it did - you know so we may have to change eating habits just a little bit. I don't know how much longer that's gonna last - but we'll hang around till it ends" said Davis.

A small message with big hopes for what can still be brought to the table from the Gulf Coast.

 

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