NC oyster prices rise as result of Gulf oil spill

RALEIGH, NC (AP) - North Carolina seafood distributors and restaurants say the Gulf oil spill is to blame for an uptick in the price of oysters.

The News & Observer of Raleigh reports Friday that wholesalers have increased the cost of oysters by as much as 40%. Some Raleigh seafood restaurateurs have decided to drop the shellfish from their menus altogether for fear of negative customer response to the higher prices.

Brent Schilb is the general manager of Inland Seafood's distribution center in Charlotte. He says prices will continue to increase as supply gets harder to find.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration says most of the oysters that Americans eat are harvested along U.S. coasts, with 67% coming from the Gulf region.

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