STATE OYSTER INDUSTRY COULD BENEFIT FROM OIL SPILL IN THE GULF

It’s certainly not the way the Connecticut oyster industry wanted do more business. However, according to an industry association official, the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico could mean bigger profits for state oystermen.

Tom Kehoe, president of the East Coast Shellfish Growers Association, tells the Boston Globe a lack of supply from the Gulf has led to increase in prices for all oysters, including those harvested in Long Island Sound by Connecticut operations. He says it’s possible prices could double in the next year.

Gulf fisheries account for about 60 percent of the oysters eaten in the United States. There are about 40 companies involved in shell fishing in Connecticut.