A deckhand on the shrimp trawler 'Miss Nancy Lynn' hauls in their catch in Bastian Bay, near Empire, La., on the first day of shrimping season since the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in , La., Monday, Aug. 16, 2010. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

Commercial shrimpers who spent much of the summer mopping up oil in the Gulf of Mexico say the first day back to doing what they normally do was a good one.

Shrimpers indicate the first catch since BP’s disastrous spill was plentiful and, just as importantly, free of oil.

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The new season opened amid anxiety over whether the catch will be tainted by crude and whether anyone will buy it even if it is clean.

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WBZ’s Ed Walsh talks about the shrimp catch with CBS’s Dave Cohen in New Orleans:


Louisiana ranks first in the nation in shrimp, blue crab, crawfish and oysters, and the state’s seafood industry overall generates an estimated $2.4 billion a year.

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The shrimpers’ optimism comes as five Georgia scientists question the government claim that most of the oil is gone. The scientists say around 80 percent of the oil is still there, not 26 percent.