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May 10, 2011 02:17 PM

Oyster prognosis?

Thos of you who don't mind warm-weather oysters might want to get a fix before the price shoots up. Lake Borgne will get hit with the freshwater from the Bonnet Carre pretty soon --if that zone is open..I have not checked...but when that Morganza water gets thru the Atchafalaya, things down there at the Gulf are not going to be so good..somewhere around Area 14/15 etc.. On the heels of BP this is a lousy development

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  1. Bonnet Carre opened 28 bays yesterday and another 44 today.

    1. Agreed. It will also affect the price of lake crabs.

      Not truly New Orleans but last week I had incredible oysters at Ed's Seafood Shack down past the battleship in Mobile. They were the saltiest I've ever had, almost to the point of too much of a good thing, and ice cold. We also have sevaral summer trips planned to Apalach and summer oysters over there tend to be pretty good. Then there is grouper too.

        1. re: FoodChic

          You got to figure that someone who is reeling from BP is going to need some help (and we can expect some lawsuits on this) surviving this flooding. Re-growth takes time, obviously. But he's right that the bounce back is usually great, you just have to wait a couple of years.

          And whatthehell is IN all that water? And what about hypoxia? Morganza looks to be opened on we go, people.

        2. Sunday 5/15/11 Times Picayune by Brett Anderson re oysters/Sunseri's of P&J:

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          1. re: Suzy Wong

            Harlon earce is quoted int he New York Times today as saying oysters are being "crucified" I admit to being curious as to how the Roman Empire would do that...(besides, oysters seem Lucullan to me).

            1. re: hazelhurst

              Also remember that the opening of the Bonne Carre is going to affect the Mississippi beds too. These were affected by BP but not quite as much as the Louisiana ones.

              The BC spillway opened ahead of Morganza and the water is, I've heard from a lugger who sells to Crystal Seas in Pass Christian, already 50% fresh.
              So there go those oysters.

              Anyone for a drive to Appalachicola??