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Oyster/Seafood situation in New Orleans affected by oil spill?

I will be heading to New Orleans in two weeks for a short weekend trip. Was looking forward to the seafood festival and trying some gulf oysters. Wondering what the situation is down there with the oil spill? I heard some places were getting oysters from Texas? Anyone down there have the scoop on whats been going on? So sad.

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  1. I have a friend that lives in Louisiana that told me that shrimp has gone up to $30/lb! I read some news that said a lot of oyster beds are closed as well as a precaution.

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      1. re: Captainspirou

        Pretty sure I saw fresh Gulf shrimp at Rouses 4 days ago for about $6/lb. Not sure where the $30/lb was. A restaurant somewhere maybe?

        1. re: gastrotect

          Yeah $30/# is definitely a bogus number. Yesterday at Rouses they were $5.50.

          1. re: gastrotect

            Like I said the figure came from a friend in LA. It's also likely that my friend was feeding me BS. Which means he's now earned a place on my skepticism list.

        2. Whoa...take a deep breath. It's not nearly that bad. As of today, all seafoods are still available. Wholesale, I bought gorgeous 10/15 shrimp for $4.50. Even got some black drum today. Oysters still coming from the east side of the river, but up in price. Big oyster folks like P&J and Drago's are feeling the pinch and voicing concern, which should be noted, but much of their stock must come from the west side, much of which is closed. Softshells are plentiful, crabmeat is there, but slightly high in price. Come on and enjoy yourself. We certainly have much to worry about, but as of today, the product is there.

          1. Well, we still have seafood but the price does look to be drifting upwards. 6-9$ lb for shrimp. I haven't check prices on clams, scallops or oysters. However, we're getting out of gulf oyster season, starting hurricane season and the crawfish are in. Since most crawfish are farmed inland they are still about the same price: $.99/lb by the large bag. Lots of work to pick crawdad meat and freeze it, but well worth the effort. I'm stocking up on some frozen shrimp, and vacumn packed fish filets to tide me over and then I'll change to farm raised catfish and trout, canned tunna, salmon and clams. Basically if the price gets too hight we won't be eating it often, if at all. Dang blasted BP.

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            1. re: aggiecat

              It will be a good time to find out who is buying locally and who has been getting their product from Thailand. Watch out for price gouging for a cheaper product. The FDA is saying it's ok to eat but they might be getting pressure from commercial fishing lobbyists. The NOAA can only close the state water 3 miles out. I'm from MD and the price of crab jumped up there b/c some restaurants get so much down here and sell it as 'Maryland Blue Crab'.

              http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/oilspill/

              1. re: hairycover

                i buy large quantities of seafood for my restaurant in new orleans every single day, just yesterday i bought a beautiful box of gulf oysters for 30$ (cheapest i've seen them since katrina) people are spreading all this sensationalist crap about 30$ pounds of shrimp and never seeing another gulf oyster again, letting the fear keep us from buying the seafood that is available, many fishermen have already been screwed over having their grounds closed by damned bp, we should be showing our support and buying their products and if youre not into that line of thinking you are just part of the problem

            2. I really don't know whether or not it's indicative of restaurant supply prices, but good sized head on shrimp (probably about 16-20, although I didn't see it marked on the sign) were selling for under $5 yesterday at Rouses, same price as always more or less. I haven't noticed a difference in prices or supply at restaurants, but I haven't done anything like a scientific study. I have read about issues with oysters at Parkway and Charlie's Seafood, but I have not experienced them firsthand. Crabmeat from Dino's seafood truck this morning was $12/lb for claw and $14 for white, which is exactly what he always charges. So far, I haven't actually experienced or noticed any difference.

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              1. re: uptownlibrarian

                FWIW, just as an idea of prices, one of my spies bought 15-20 count shrimp in Cameron on Tuesday for $3.25/lb. Said there was plenty.

                1. re: hazelhurst

                  I for one think we need to start ignoring the media and their drama rama about the spill. Enough already. Support Louisiana products, all Louisiana products and if it costs a little more so be it. We need to be more focused on keeping the money here. Chowhound Mods: Sorry if this isn't on point.

                  1. re: carol land

                    Amen Carol, buy local and buy Louisiana. Good stuff!

                2. re: uptownlibrarian

                  Thanks for the information. I am also travelling to New Orleans in a couple of weeks, and will be glad to eat as much local seafood as humanly possible.

                3. Oh my, oysters from Texas, the horror. It's not unusual for Louisiana oystermen to get oysters or the shrimpers to get shrimp from Texas, or vice versa. It all depends on who has the better harvest at different times.

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                  1. re: James Cristinian

                    I just want to see how Maryland explains it

                    1. re: hazelhurst

                      We can't get any decent sized blue crabs here unless you buy them right off the dock, or catch them yourself, because they all go to Maryland.