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Topic - Harlon Pearce
Shrimpers returned to Louisiana waters Monday for the first commercial season since the Gulf of Mexico oil disaster, uncertain what crude still may be in the water and what price they'll get for the catch if consumers worry about possible lingering effects from the massive BP spill.
Despite state and federal assurances that seafood reaching the market was safe, demand dropped and prices crashed a month ago, said Harlon Pearce, a seafood dealer and head of the state's seafood promotion board.