Blue crabs aplenty

By JAMES EDWARD BATES – jbates@sunherald.com

LAKESHORE

The owner of a local seafood business wants everyone to know his blue crabs are among the best in the nation and he’s still in business, despite the perception the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico has shut down supplies of seafood from the region.

Bob Metz acquired land in 1983 on Bayou Caddy in the Lakeshore community to sell oysters and shrimp. Within days of opening his business, a winter storm hurt fishing on Bayou Caddy, but Metz recovered and has since expanded his business. In addition to oysters and shrimp, he now sells fish and crab to both retail customers and local restaurants. He also sells to customers in bulk in Georgia, Virginia, Maryland, Alabama and Florida.

Metz is fighting the perception that Coast seafood has been completely eliminated because of the oil spill. “That’s an erroneous impression because we’re still in business and hope to be for a while yet,” said Metz from North Carolina.

He’s there looking for sources of shrimp, crab and other seafood, should the oil spill force him to do so.

While eating at a North Carolina restaurant, Metz overheard a cashier telling customers the Gulf of Mexico seafood supply had been destroyed.

“It more or less upset me because I knew it not to be true,” Metz said.

Metz pulled his crab pots for two weeks after the Deepwater Horizon rig sank in the Gulf of Mexico. He, like a lot of other fishermen, thought Gulf fishing waters were closed to them.

Read more: http://www.sunherald.com/2010/06/01/2225125/blue-crabs-aplenty.html#ixzz0phq12hM8

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