Seafood shortage in the Grand Strand

Murrells Inlet, SC - By Chandi Lowry - bio | email

MURRELLS INLET, SC (WMBF) - The Gulf oil spill is having some major effects on restaurants and businesses in the Grand Strand.

Chris Conklin, owner of Seven Seas in Murrells Inlet, says they have had to hike up prices and are now dealing with a seafood shortage because of the Gulf oil leak.

Conklin says he usually buys his oysters from a company in Louisiana, but this week the company did not have enough oysters to go around.

"It puts me in a bind because when someone walks and in I don't have oysters because a truck didn't run this week," Conklin said.  "Someone else might have some leftover or got them from somewhere else and I have to send them other places and that's frustrating because you never want a customer to walk out without a bag on their hand and a smile on their face."

Now Conklin says he is going to be forced to pay more money for a middle man to deliver oysters from somewhere else.

The gulf is the largest domestic source of shrimp and oysters according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

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