What should be the start of peak oyster season in Louisiana is off to another rocky start.

 

Diners at local restaurants are seeing some beautiful shellfish, but are shelling out big bucks to enjoy them.

 

"The price of the oysters at the dock has more than doubled since the oil disaster four-and-a-half years ago. And, the prices at the restaurants have done the same," says Al Sunseri, owner of P&J Oyster Company.

 

"It's because we have about half the oysters that we used to have landing," says Sunseri. "And, the public oyster grounds just don't produce anything anymore. The rest of the cultivated oysters from the private farms are just becoming depleted."

 

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