Seafood is plentiful and safe in Houston. But some neighboring fishermen to our east are still feeling the effects of the 200-million gallons of oil dumped into the Gulf of Mexico when the BP Deepwater Horizon rig blew.
George Barasich, a board member of GO FISH coalition, says times are still tough for those trawling the waters off the coast of Louisiana with him. Some of the oyster reefs still don’t have oysters, and some species of fish that used to plentiful are now hard to find. Statewide the oyster count is down 27% from pre-still figures.
But Louis Borowski, floor manager at Danton’s Gulf Coast Seafood, says the restaurant has no problem keeping the heaping plates of seafood coming. Borowski told KTRH immediately after the oil spill supplies from Louisiana stopped, but there were still oysters available from along the Texas coast. The Lone Star state has been blessed with cool weather and rain, which combine to make for a bountiful harvest season.
Danton’s gets their crawfish from Louisiana, Brorowski says, and supplies have been plentiful enough to allow the restaurant to select what he calls “the big boys”, the mature crawfish, to ensure production continues well into the future.
While we Houstonians enjoy our delicacies and the bounties of the sea, some Louisiana fishermen are contemplating retirement, or a change in career. BP has paid out over $32 billion for the oil disaster, and some of that has gone to pay off claims filed by area fisherman. But when your life has been spent reading the weather, learning the sweet spots, and perfecting your craft, learning a new trade is a hard pill to swallow.