|Published:||May 24, 2010 4:26 AM EDT|
|Updated:||May 24, 2010 4:26 AM EDT|
FORT MYERS BEACH, FL- With thousands of gallons of oil dumping into the Gulf everyday, some local restaurant managers find themselves fielding questions about the safety of their seafood.
Fort Myers Beach hasn't seen a drop of oil but Prawn Broker manager Steve Wolfe says he still answers plenty of questions about the safety of his seafood.
Wolfe says, "People are asking if it's impacting our fish and where we're getting our fish from."
Down McGregor Boulevard, Maria's Smokehouse and Restaurant reminds seafood lovers they're "open" for business despite concerns.
"I Imagine it could get really bad."
Right now, both places say, they haven't had a problem; mainly because their supply comes from the south.
Wolfe says, "Most of my fish are local fish, and New England fish which obviously isn't impacted at all.
These fishing boats are now going to go west, southwest towards the Dry T, in that particular area, the offshore boats are going to be fixing off the continental shelf which is straight west, very few boats fish to the north."
Typically shrimpers would head to the Louisiana area this time of year. Instead they'll stay in the Dry Tortugas area because of the spill.
Wolfe says so far, his prices have not gone up and he remains cautiously optimistic about the future.
"I don't think it's going to be an immediate impact, long term, who knows.'