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Oyster shortage blamed on Hurricane Isaac

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BATON ROUGE - Hurricane Isaac is long gone, but it's still causing big problems in Louisiana, this time for businesses who rely on oysters to keep customers happy.

At Tony's Seafood in Baton Rouge, the oyster supply is completely out.

"Ever since the storm came in they shut the beds down because of water quality, marsh grass and silt covered the beds," Bill Pizzolato with Tony's Seafood said.  "Now, it's just about cleaning them off to see how it affected the oyster crop."

At other restaurants in Baton Rouge the oyster supply is just now getting back to normal.  Dustin Loveless at Mike Anderson's said for about two weeks, it was tough for them to get oysters as well. 

"It was a little aggravating at times because the guests come here expecting them, wanting them, and unfortunately we had to tell them right now we don't have them," Loveless said.

Although oysters are hard to come by, Hurricane Isaac is also being credited for an increase in other types of seafood.

"Nature works in strange ways," Pizzolato said.  "We were having a struggle this year with crabs, especially around Manchac, Lake Borgne, Lake Catherine, Rigolets, but ever since the storm they've had a run of crabs we haven't seen this year."

The remaining oyster beds which were closed should reopen by Nov. 1.


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