Central Alabama Seafood Retailers Not Impacted By Spill--Yet

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Another truckload of seafood arrived today for Destin Connection owner David Scott, a sure sign that Scott has not lost that connection to the Gulf despite an oil spill that can't seem to make up its mind where it wants to go.

Scott had no problem ordering $10,000 worth of fish, oysters and shrimp.

"What I get in today will be gone by Friday and what I get in tomorrow will be gone by Saturday," said Scott.

By the looks of you see with all the seafood being unloaded at Destin Connection, you'd never know there was a giant spill threatening parts of the seafood industry but looks can be cold and deceiving.

"These red snappers came from Florida and we're getting a lot of crabmeat out of Texas and west Louisiana," said Scott.

All of this means for now Scott has not been forced to raise prices but admits that is still a possibility if that oil leak isn't plugged soon.

A quick call to Jubilee Seafood owner Bud Skinner reveals a similar story. Customers can still get what they want. Skinner tells WSFA 12 News the prices did go up a little on the oysters but that was primarily because of new federal regulations that began on May 1.

Skinner and Scott say they're still hopeful it will continue to be business as usual, optimistic in the face of what seems like a never-ending oil well that's spewing at least 200,000 gallons into the Gulf everyday.

Meantime, the blame game is in full swing. B.P., Transocean and Halliburton blamed each other today during a senate hearing in Washington.

B.P. says it has spent $350 million so far in trying to contain the spill.

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