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Oyster prices up during shortage

3 years 2 months 2 days ago November 20, 2013 Nov 20, 2013 Wednesday, November 20 2013 November 20, 2013 5:15 PM in News
Source: WBRZ
By: Troy Gaulden

BATON ROUGE - It will cost more to put oyster dressing on your plate this holiday season with oyster prices increasing during a shortage.

Bill Pizzolato with Tony's Seafood says prices have increased by around 20 percent in the past few weeks due to a shortage in Louisiana waters.

"It's just been very inconsistent, and supplies will hopefully pick up in bit," he said. "It's just, I think one of those years where the crops, just like a farmer, you have your ups and downs, and it's really been across the board with the shrimp, the crabs and now the oysters."

Seafood businesses in Baton Rouge fear that there may not be enough oysters to go around during the holiday season. Pizzolato says this is the time when people want oysters the most.

"It gets especially tough now because you have holiday season coming in for the turkey and oyster dressings and all. Hopefully we'll have enough oysters to go around for the next couple of months," he said.

With lower supplies comes higher prices for the consumer, but people we spoke with today say higher prices won't keep oyster dressing off their table this Thanksgiving.

"I've been buying them for so long I just don't look at the prices. I just come in and get them," said Garrick Harris. "This is the best place to get them. I've eaten them in California and everywhere else. Nothing is like Louisiana oysters. They're the best."

Seafood businesses hope the cold weather will fatten up oysters. For now, you'll have to shell out more to enjoy the taste of oysters.

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