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Ahead of the annual Louisiana Oyster Industry Convention next week, oystermen and distributors in Lafourche Parish are describing the worst oyster haul they have ever seen - low numbers that could transform the seafood into a "delicacy," as one distributor phrased it to the Thibodaux Daily Comet.
 
"We've come to a tipping point with pricing. It is more expensive than lobster is, than softshell crabs. That is a huge thing," Al Sunseri, owner of P & J Oyster Company in New Orleans, told the Daily Comet. "Oysters were always the least expensive. It is going to become a delicacy." That could affect his 140-year-old business going forward, Sunseri said. 
 
"It's still bad out here. There are just not enough oysters to go around," Nick Collins a fourth-generation oysterman with Collins Oyster Co. in Golden Meadow told the Daily Comet. Collins said he hauls in 80 sacks of oysters per day, down from 200 in the past.
 
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