• Posted by Califia Suntree on June 5th, 2010, 3:50 PM

    A sobering statistic for oyster lovers: According to an article in the Christian Science Monitor, 70% (!) of America’s oysters come from the Gulf of Mexico. As of now, 32% of the Gulf’s fishing waters are closed and prices are going up as supplies go down. Gulf shrimp supplies are down 75% according to the New York Times and the spill has become a “public relations nightmare” for the multibillion-dollar Gulf fishing industry as diners refuse to buy potentially polluted seafood. Sadly, the two fishes unaffected by the spill are snapper and tuna–far, far less sustainable catches that the shrimp and oysters that live closer to shore. Oyster prices are up about 40% so far, but the bigger concern is a total lack of supply. It looks like it’s going to be a long, hot summer unrelieved by a refreshing plate of oysters or grilled gulf shrimp.

    Meditate on the loss and feast on nostalgia by reading Will Blythe’s mollusc memoir “Oysters I Have Known & Loved” and MFK Fisher’s classic Consider the Oyster.

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