BP To Pay Florida $20 Million To Fund Seafood Inspections, Marketing Efforts In Wake Of Oil Spill

By: Jennifer Milton Email
By: Jennifer Milton Email

It's been 6 months since the Deepwater Horizon oil rig exploded and wreaked havoc in the Gulf of Mexico.

"It's really a tragedy what happened," said Ashley Ames.

Although oil never reached Florida's sunny shores, the perception that the seafood from the Gulf is no longer safe to eat has left hundreds of business owners with empty wallets.

"Really what we were dealing with is a consumer confidence problem here in Florida not necessarily a seafood safety problem," said DOACS Marketing Director Nelson Mongiovi.

Now the oil company responsible for the disaster has agreed to pay 20 million dollars to the state over the next three years to help get people to eat more creatures from under the sea.

"We have found no problems whatsoever with oil in Florida's seafood, either shellfish or fin-fish to date, but not knowing what may happen over the next few months or couple of years with tropical storms and that type of thing, we wanted to be prepared to keep that seafood testing going," said Florida Agriculture Commissioner Charles Bronson.

The cash will be split in half between seafood inspections and marketing efforts. But the people who live here question if BP is doing enough.

"It's not going to fix everything and I mean I think I'm still kind of outraged, I think a lot of people out here are still outraged, but it's a step in the right direction," said Ames.

State officials believe the agreement will boost commercial and recreational fishing and the restaurant industry as well as calm consumer's fears of ingesting harmful seafood.

BP is working on agreements with other Gulf states that were affected by the spill, but Florida was the first official state to sign the agreement.

If at any time over the next three years oil is discovered in our seafood, the three year payout starts from the beginning.

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  • by Hey on Oct 26, 2010 at 09:39 AM
    the oil and dispersant has been and is on the bottom of the ocean floor. Yes we will have problems with our seafood for many years to come. Common Sense!
  • by Anne on Oct 26, 2010 at 05:19 AM
    I wonder which politician's family members will get the business of inspecting and marketing? Guess we have to wait for the election to be over to find out!
  • by Mary Ann Location: Tallahassee on Oct 26, 2010 at 05:16 AM
    I just don't understand - the states are getting money- waitresses are getting money HOWEVER the man and woman who actually goes out there and catches the seafood is NOT! All that money the states get - I really wonder if it is replacing money spent or if it is actually lining some high management position???? The actual fisherman should have been the FIRST PERSON PAID and when they had all been paid then every one else.
  • by BP hater Location: Tallahassee on Oct 26, 2010 at 04:23 AM
    Oil never reached Florida? Try telling that to the folks in Pensacola. If BP is paying for the testing, surely the testing results will show that the seafood is safe. The coverup continues....
  • by unmployed Location: fla. on Oct 25, 2010 at 05:00 PM
    boy the state government is going to get theirs. raises-job security-retirement.
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