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Louisiana Oysters

Southeast Louisiana oysters may still be years away


David Blake Reporting

It appears people searching for oysters for the holidays should be able to find them, but they are still not from the areas close to New Orleans.

Lafourche, Jefferson, St. Bernard and Plaquemines Parishes just aren’t producing and won’t be for sometime.

The oil spill and fresh water diversion put a lot of the local oystermen out of work. Now they’re waiting for the oysters to grow back. Al Sunseri is a co-owner of P and J Oyster Company in New Orleans says, ”We have young oysters that will be marketable in about 2 to 3 years.”

Sunseri says his company is still not shucking, and the oysters being sold are coming in from Mississippi or other places.

”They’re coming in from Western Louisiana and the southern end of Texas,” he explained.

Now, he says it’s a matter of waiting because these oysters just don’t grow overnight.

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