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Fishermen head into the Gulf


NEW ORLEANS (WKOW) -- The opening of a new season for Louisiana shrimpers has them worrying a little more than usual.

Fisherman are concerned over how much they will catch and the prices they will get for it, but now there is anxiety about how much damage the shrimp population has suffered from the lengthy oil spill.

As the season begins, shrimping remains forbidden in federal waters off Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama. Officials say most of the catches will come off Texas and Florida.

While government regulators say there is no evidence it builds up in seafood, the new season has health officials ready to put seafood from the Gulf of Mexico under the microscope. 

Officials say they will be looking for oil-contaminated seafood. And they are working to create a test that can detect dispersant that was dumped into the massive oil spill.

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