MOBILE, Ala. (AP) - Leaders of Alabama's seafood industry are applauding Gov. Bob Riley's decision to create a state panel focused on marketing the state's seafood after the Gulf of Mexico oil spill.
Riley says he plans soon to create the Alabama Fisheries Marketing Board, an idea recommended last week by the Alabama Coastal Recovery Commission.
Ernie Anderson, president of the Organized Seafood Association of Alabama, says he's grateful the governor recognizes the need after the BP oil spill to convince consumers that fish and shrimp caught in the Gulf are safe to eat.
Riley says the seafood panel could get $9 million in funding from BP.
His spokesman, Todd Stacy, says the panel would not only market Gulf seafood, but also fund food-safety testing.
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