Gulf Documentary Asks: Is the Seafood Safe?

The Food Channel is releasing a WebTV video that takes a look at the future of seafood following the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill which began a year ago, April 20, 2010, in the Gulf of Mexico.

The film crew shot in New Orleans, La., over a ten day period, checking the pulse of the region’s fishing industry and talking to the people who make their living from it.

Moreover, on the first anniversary of the country’s worst environmental disaster, a group of concerned St. Louis residents announced that they will once again spend a week leading a caravan of support across the Gulf Coast.

The Gulf Caravan will raise awareness, spend money at small businesses, and promote the Gulf region July 11-16, 2011. (Read: Gulf Caravan along Gulf Coast to Promote Tourism)

“One of the goals of The Food Channel is to document what is happening in food,” said Kay Logsdon, editor of The Food Channel. “Obviously the story that has been unfolding over the past year in the Gulf has an impact on the future of our seafood. We found out that the oyster is one of the most impacted products of the Gulf, and we wanted to bring that story to life.”

[ Also Read: Witness Disaster in Japan with National Geographic ]

The four-part series, titled “Beneath the Surface: Gulf Seafood’s Fight for Survival,” is hosted by The Food Channel’s Andy Ford, who spent time on the oyster boats, at the shucking house, and cooking with some of New Orleans’ chefs while researching and shooting the short-form series.

“We uncovered a story of resiliency, combined with some of the creativity that is bringing the seafood back to the table,” said Ford. “We think it will give a different picture than a lot of the media coverage that focuses purely on the negative impact of the spill, and open people’s eyes to what the real impact is.”

The trailer is currently playing on foodchannel.com, with the four episodes set to air over the coming weeks. Additionally, features on some of the New Orleans’ restaurants, including recipes, will be available on the site.

In the picture above: Emeril Lagasse with The Food Channel’s host Andy Ford for the WebTV video series, “Beneath the Surface: Gulf Seafood’s Fight for Survival.”

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