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WEST PALM BEACH, FL (WFLX) - If you like seafood, you'll pay more for it because of the oil spill.

Independent Seafood in West Palm Beach is a wholesaler that supplies seafood to restaurants and hotels. One company official told us the price of Gulf shrimp and oysters has risen dramatically.

Shrimp from the Gulf of Mexico, he says, has gone up two dollars a pound. Oysters from the Gulf have gone up about eight dollars for a 30 pound box.

"I didn't think it would go up as much as it has. I was hoping they'd be able to contain it by now. It's gone up more than I expected, way more than I expected. Price is going up, and availability has been spotty." 

A lot of companies in Louisiana and Alabama on the oyster side have been going out of business.

Meanwhile, it's a different story at Cod and Capers Seafood in Palm Beach Gardens. The owner told us price increases on oysters and shrimp from the Gulf of Mexico have been minimal.

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