Oysters available for holiday tables

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Associated Press

Posted on November 21, 2012 at 8:32 AM

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Grocers and a leading oyster processor in Louisiana say supplies for holiday tables appear to be ample this year, but the news is not all good.

The state Wildlife and Fisheries Department said late Tuesday that commercial oyster harvests east of the Mississippi River are at historic lows.

The department did not provide numbers but said the low harvests east of the river are consistent with findings that a low number of juvenile oysters attached to reefs for growth since the start of the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill.

However, the department says the cause of the low harvest is still being determined. Studies of the effects of the spill on Gulf species are still under way.

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