New oyster regulations could boost local economy - WECT TV6-WECT.com:News, weather & sports Wilmington, NC

New oyster regulations could boost local economy

Reported by Gavin Johnson - bio|email
Posted by Debra Worley - email

NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WECT) - The feds are getting tougher on oysters that come from Texas, Louisiana, and Florida.  Some say the new regulations will help boost the oyster industry in our area.

Steve Quill has been answering phones at Motts Channel in Wrightsville Beach non-stop since oyster season began last week.  He said there's a huge demand for them every year, whether they're local stump oysters or Topsail oysters.

Their demand could increase in the next few years as the FDA tries to cut back on food poisoning.  Beginning in 2011, the FDA will no longer allow fresh, live oysters from Gulf Coast states to be sold during warm weather months - unless they're processed. 

"If they have to go through a lot of red tape, that may mean more oysters from North Carolina will be imported; which I don't think that will be a bad thing," said Quill.

With an increase in demand, suppliers could raise the price of oysters which would help the local economy.

"Basically, they won't go up too much," said Lee Smith with Howard's Seafood.  "Singles are more expensive anyway. Stumps are going to be more than clusters."

Smith says oyster season has been a huge success so far, and what's a loss to some will be a gain for southeastern North Carolina in the future.

"We will make more and from Louisiana, Florida, and Georgia places like that not shipping out as many oysters they'll have to buy from us," said Smith.

Many area seafood restaurant owners say they buy their oysters locally, so the new regulations won't impact them.

©2009 WECT. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

  • Trending StoriesTrending StoriesMore>>

  • Severe reaction to new sandals leads woman on a painful path

    Severe reaction to new sandals leads woman on a painful path

        One woman wants to warn people about her painful path, the result of a severe and debilitating allergic reaction.  She had no idea what she was allergic to until she visited a fourth emergency room in two weeks.    

    More >>

    One woman wants to warn people about her painful path, the result of a severe and debilitating allergic reaction. She had no idea what she was allergic to until she visited a fourth emergency room in two weeks.    

    More >>
  • 'The Phantom' serial killer of children out of prison, living in Tucson

    'The Phantom' serial killer of children out of prison, living in Tucson

    Thursday, April 27 2017 12:17 AM EDT2017-04-27 04:17:43 GMT
    Friday, April 28 2017 11:32 PM EDT2017-04-29 03:32:02 GMT
    Convicted killer William Huff was spotted riding his bicycle through a Tucson neighborhood. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)Convicted killer William Huff was spotted riding his bicycle through a Tucson neighborhood. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)

    William Huff terrorized Sierra Vista during the spring and summer of 1967. Despite a sentence of 40 years to life, the Arizona Board of Executive Clemency voted to release him from prison into home arrest. Family members of the victims are concerned for the safety of the community, as are new members of the Clemency Board. CBS 5 Investigates videotaped Huff riding a bike through his Tucson neighborhood. There are no restrictions placed on his proximity to children.

    More >>

    William Huff terrorized Sierra Vista during the spring and summer of 1967. Despite a sentence of 40 years to life, the Arizona Board of Executive Clemency voted to release him from prison into home arrest. Family members of the victims are concerned for the safety of the community, as are new members of the Clemency Board. CBS 5 Investigates videotaped Huff riding a bike through his Tucson neighborhood. There are no restrictions placed on his proximity to children. 

    More >>
  • 'I got 2 clips!' Impatient mom pulls out gun, threatens barber cutting son's hair

    'I got 2 clips!' Impatient mom pulls out gun, threatens barber cutting son's hair

    Friday, April 28 2017 5:45 PM EDT2017-04-28 21:45:21 GMT
    (Source: Crime Stoppers of Cuyahoga County Facebook)(Source: Crime Stoppers of Cuyahoga County Facebook)

    Police are looking for a woman who pointed a gun at a barber all because her son's haircut was taking too long.

    More >>

    Police are looking for a woman who pointed a gun at a barber all because her son's haircut was taking too long.

    More >>
Powered by Frankly