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Gulf spill cuts demand for bait from New Jersey

Sunday, July 18th, 2010

The oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico is having an effect on one aspect of New Jersey’s seafood industry.

Demand from commercial fisheries in the Gulf for bait fish from New Jersey has dried up according to Garden State Seafood Association executive director Greg DiDomenico. While he’s not seeing any other impact yet, DiDomenico says concerns about the safety of seafood from the Gulf may benefit New Jersey fishermen.

“One of the items that we compete with from fisheries in the Gulf are oysters and it’s very possible that people will be concerned about the safety of those oysters and look towards products that we have here.”

Clean water off the Jersey coast is also attracting more recreational fishermen. The vice president of the Morey Organization which owns piers in Wildwood says the local party fishing boat business is having a very good year.

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