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La. shrimpers reporting clean 1st day catch

La. shrimpers reporting clean 1st day catch
Tuesday, August 24, 2010 - 1:08pm

GRAND ISLE, La. (AP) - Commercial shrimpers had an encouraging outing as the first season since the Gulf oil spill opened.

Shrimpers indicated their catch was plentiful and free of oil, despite a report by scientists that much of the crude remains below the surface of the Gulf.

The new season opened amid anxiety over whether the catch will be tainted by crude and whether anyone will buy it even if it is clean.

Louisiana ranks first in the nation in shrimp, blue crab, crawfish and oysters, and the state's seafood industry overall generates an estimated $2.4 billion a year.

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