For the first time since the state’s oyster harvest areas were closed as a safety precaution after Hurricane Ida, fresh Louisiana oysters are back on local menus.
But a return to pre-Ida supply levels is likely months away, said Empire oyster grower and restaurant owner Mitch Jurisich, who also is chairman of the Louisiana Oyster Task Force.
“It’s going to be months before oyster farmers and fishers in west Plaquemines and other locations farther west return to normal,” Jurisich said. “We’re weeks away from having a good supply.”
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