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Jun 11, 2010 06:56 AM

Will the Spill affect oyster supply and prices here [moved from SF Bay Area]

A recent article in the NOLA Times-Picayune discusses the effect of the spill on Gulf oyster beds and mentions that one oyster supplier is looking to bring in West Coast oysters for the first time in their 134 year history.

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  1. I doubt if the spill will have much effect on local oyster supply. While some upscale places feature Eastern oysters, we have great local oysters. Besides, I think most restaurants use Oregon and Washington oysters primarily. It has been my pet peeve that we have some of the best, but go north for mediocre oysters.

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    1. re: OldTimer

      I think his point was that there will be increased demand for West Coast oysters from other parts of the country, which might drive up prices.

    2. I would think that it will. If the gulf states start to draw product from the East and West coast supplies the prices will rise.
      I would think that the Chesapeake Crabbers should see a big jump in demand this year as well.

        1. re: Littleman

          Well, wolfe is asking about supply and prices here, and since there are no local shrimp, this is not a factor for us. On a national level, it doesn't sound like there will be much impact on shrimp supply and prices except for a few gulf supplies that will see a price bump. The article points out that 90% of the US shrimp supply comes from overseas, so I expect little or no effect on shrimp. Plus, who knows how much is sitting frozen in the supply chain already! Although, I will keep that 90% stat in mind next time I order since I prefer to support our local farmers and fishermen.

        2. I think that the local oysters of Tomales are wonderful. But, speaking of the Gulf...I'm here on the Gulf Coast. Do not eat Gulf seafood if you want to remain healthy.

          The seafood is chemically contaminated. We can not support the fishing industry by eating contaminated seafood. The only real testing that has been done on the seafood is independent testing and 100% of the samples are contaminated. The government has only performed "sniff" tests.

          Please stand with us, and demand testing of Gulf seafood. It's the only way our fishing and tourism industry will ever recover - tell the truth, clean it up, and rebuild. Until then, it is not safe to eat Gulf seafood.

          Here is a glimpse of what is really going on down here, 9 months after the BP DeepWater Horizon disaster.

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          1. re: DpBluSea

            Yeah but I just saw a BP ad saying the seafood from the gulf was fine!

            Wait, what??? They might have an interest in saying so?

            In all seriousness, are there any other resources for us to get the real scoop? I want to support rebuilding the industry in the gulf, but not at the risk of my health.

            1. re: yumyum

              They would not dare run that ad down here - but I know that those ads are running elsewhere. You have to understand that when something like this happens, more money is spent on "marketing" (Damage control) than is spent on cleaning it up. What you are seeing is a lot of very expensive marketing. Millions of dollars have flowed through here, millions that go to local agencies, Tourist Development Councils, local Chambers of Commerce, local university science depts, counties...(you get the idea)... The well-known chefs you see who "support the Gulf Coast " by endorsing Gulf seafood as "safe"? They are on the marketing payroll, too.

              The real scoop? We're waiting, too. Official scientific testing of seafood would be a start (independent scientific testing has been done, and looks bad). Official testing thus far has been the "sniff" test.

              I can tell you this, I live just east of Destin, FL, an economy based solely on tourism and fishing. Most of the seafood sellers here have shut down. I know of 3 local restaurants that are quietly substituting Asian imports for seafood on their menus. Nobody wants to hurt the seafood industry here, but you can't support them by eating contaminated seafood. And you certainly don't want to feed it to people who can become ill from it (or get sued). In our area, this substitution means shrimp, blue crab, Grouper and Snapper. The oysters (mostly served raw here) are sourced now from a farm.

              Part of the problem is that they are still spraying the chemical dispersant in the Gulf. Oil you can see, but the chemicals you can not - but you can faintly taste it on your lips after they spray, and it's showing up in the human bloodstream, in people like me who have not eaten a bite of seafood since Day 1 of the spill, and stayed away from the beach. It's in the water (therefore, seafood), rain, and air.

              There is plenty of info on this on YouTube, etc, but not in the mainstream media. You'll see more on YouTube than you ever wanted to see. Type in GULF SEAFOOD SAFETY. But it's good to ask people who are actually here.

              We all hope for the healing of the Gulf - it has not happened yet. Not even close. The good thing is, in the SF Bay Area you guys have some of the most wonderful seafood in the world. Don't risk eating contaminated seafood from the Gulf. Fishermen here are certainly not eating it. There are 4th generation shrimper and crabbers here who have never seen anything like this - and there have been spills here, before. This disaster, though, and the chemicals used to disperse (sink) the oil, is unprecedented. Stay healthy and avoid Gulf seafood until you know it's safe. You'll know it's safe when you see the people catching it, eating it.