Gulf oil spill leads to shrimp seizure

Oil spill shrimp
Oil spill shrimp

As part of an ongoing effort to protect consumers from potentially tainted seafood, the U.S. Coast Guard has seized about 19,000 pounds of shrimp from a commercial vessel fishing in the restricted waters around the Gulf oil spill.

The enforcement action comes as the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced a step-up in Gulf of Mexico seafood inspections to ensure food safety following the massive BP oil spill. To date, about 33% of federal waters in the Gulf of Mexico is closed to fishing -- a mind-boggling 80,806 square miles -- that's an area larger than the state of Nebraska.