The Associated Press reported on July 16, 2011, the effects on oystering since the Missouri levee releases in May 2011. The fresh water released from the levees have begun to kill off oysters since they must live in salt water. Since oysters are a stationary species, they cannot escape the fresh water being released while shrimp and crabs can. The Mississippi Department of Marine Resources will determine by the end of August if the season will continue or if the harvest will be pushed back a year for recovery. Mississippi usually produces about 300,000 sacks of oysters, but locals say the production has been limited ever since Hurricane Katrina in 2005 despite programs to help rebuild yield amounts
The limited amount of oysters in this region means that other regions growing oysters will carry the burden of trying to produce more to meet demands of distributors, restaurants and markets. The lower amount available will spark prices of oysters to jump up. Euclid Fish Company carries an array of oysters from the East Coast – Blue Point Oysters to Choptank Oyster Sweets – and West Coast – Reach Island to Kummamotos for wholesale and retail.
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