Seventy percent of the oysters Americans consume come from the Gulf of Mexico. At the height of the oil spill disaster, approximately 37 percent of federally-managed Gulf waters were closed to fishing. By mid-August that was down to 22 percent. Getting the industry back on its feet will mean winning over the American public as well. In recent weeks conflicting reports from government officials and scientific experts have left consumers confused about the health and safety of Gulf seafood:
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