Fuel prices impact seafood costs

MOBILE COUNTY, Ala. (WKRG) – The price of fuel is hitting the dinner table as seafood prices, especially shrimp, rise due to record fuel prices across the country.

Those in the shrimp industry say they see fuel prices triple from last year.

Buying seafood is a part of life on the Gulf Coast.

“I like to have shrimp, I like to have snapper,” said Victoria Wilson, who bought seafood.

But right now, many are starting to see the cost of seafood being higher than normal. “I’ve noticed the prices have gone up,” Wilson said.

“Customers need to spend more money on the food they like. Where maybe last year at this time they were spending $3 on a product, now they’re spending $5,” said Arian Belt, director of DIP Seafood and Mudbugs.

Marine fuel prices are skyrocketing to record highs across the country and this is impacting not only anglers, but also seafood retailers and their customers.

“The boats that catch the prawns, they have to spend a lot more money on gas, which in turn drives up our prices, the prices on us, and then we have to charge the public more because of the prices gasoline,” Belt said. He continued, “We rely on our fishermen to bring in fresh produce, and they spend more on gasoline, we have to take care of them like they take care of us.

Some customers start shopping for the best prices, but are still willing to spend a little more for their favorite dish.

“Being here on the Gulf Coast, I love my seafood, I’m kind of one of those, I’m going to pay the price,” Wilson said.

While some seafood prices are rising, others, such as crayfish, are falling as the end of the season approaches.

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