The Gulf Coast seafood processing industry is one of the many industries affected by the BP oil spill, which has been going on since the Deepwater Horizon oil rig explosion in April 2010. Fishing ground closures and issues with oil contamination in the Gulf waters have led to significant revenue losses for many seafood processing plants in the region. The owners of the seafood processing plants and the employees who staff them are now experiencing financial hardships due to these economic losses.
If you have suffered economic losses due to the Gulf of Mexico oil spill, you may be able to recover compensation through an oil spill lawsuit.
Effect of the Gulf Oil Spill on Seafood Processing Plants
After being harvested and prior to being transported to grocery stores and restaurants, fish and other types of seafood are sent to seafood processing plants. Here, they are sorted and prepared for transportation and consumption through a number of different steps, including skinning, dressing, salting, breading, spicing, and filleting. Finally, they are packed in preparation for distribution. The seafood processing businesses that own these facilities are experiencing lost revenues and other damages because fishermen are unable to harvest seafood from the Gulf of Mexico. The employees who work at these facilities are feeling the effect of the oil spill on the seafood processing industry, with many facing reduced hours and lost wages.
The success of the Gulf coast seafood processing industry depends upon a healthy ecosystem in the Gulf. Many of those involved with the seafood processing industry are facing the reality that their jobs may be in jeopardy, as the oil spill cleanup and recovery process will likely be lengthy and the long-term effects of the oil spill on fish and marine life remains to be seen.
Can I File a Seafood Processing Loss of Business Lawsuit?
If you are involved in the seafood processing industry in the Gulf Coast region and you have suffered financial losses as a result of the BP oil spill, you may be entitled to participate in an oil spill lawsuit.