Oil and Local Oysters

By: Demetria McClenton Email
By: Demetria McClenton Email

There isn't exactly an oyster gold rush, but because of the oil spill, Louisiana oyster farmers are migrating to cleaner areas.

The closure of many oyster farms in Louisiana is creating a huge demand for oysters.

Unfortunately, it's also making them more expensive.

Owners at two local oyster bars are trying to ensure the shucking doesn't stop.

Appalachicola is where local oyster bars like Hunts and Barrantines get their oysters; however, oyster bars in Louisiana are headed there also.

"65% of the oysters come from Louisiana," says Tim Reeves, owner of Hunt’s Seafood Restaurant.

The oil spill has forced the closure of several historic oyster beds in New Orleans.

The most recent casualty was a 134-yr old oyster house.

"They come in here everyday asking if these have any oil in there and I say no. They're just concerned if it's being tested for oil," said DeWayne Bradshaw, employee at Barrantine’s.

Both restaurants said their main goal is to keep the Appalachicola oyster business alive.

Because they aren't ready to say good bye to oysters just yet.

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