West Coast Unable to Help Gulf Oyster Farmers

The Fish Site
by The Fish Site
26 July 2010, at 1:00am

CANADA - Oyster farmers in the oil stricken Gulf of Mexico have called on West Coast farmers for help in restocking their breeding beds.

However, according to a report in The Province, while the Pacific Northwest farmers are anxious to help they have litle to offer.

Their own oyset beds ahve been hit by the effects of climate change leaving nothing to send the farmers in the Gulf of Mexico.

One oyster farmer, Bill Dewey of Washington-based Taylor Shellfish farms, told The Province: "Unfortunately for us, we don't really have the supply to respond to the increased demand."

The Gulf of Mexico industry is seeking not only shellfish but also seed oysters as it is estimated that half of the 160,000 hectares of private oyster beds and 650,000 hectares of public beds in the Gulf of Mexico can no longer be harvested.