Storms Affect Local Seafood Market - WECT TV6-WECT.com:News, weather & sports Wilmington, NC

Storms Affect Local Seafood Market

SEPTEMBER 21, 2005 -- Donald Diehl works at Cape Fear Fish Merchants in Wilmington. Diehl says, "Prior to the storm, a gallon of oysters we could sell right at 36 dollars, 38 dollars a gallon. And right now they're up at about 46 dollars."

Workers at Motts Seafood in Wrightsville Beach sympathize with the plight of Gulf Coast oystermen. "They've got all the rain and pollution from the storm and everything, it closed down the oysters. So that means we won't be having any oysters right now," says Ryan Byrd.

While the prices of some seafood may have risen after the recent hurricane, there's somewhat of a calm after the storm. The calm is due to two factors: Hurricane Ophelia made it easier to catch local fish and demand from restaurants is up.  "For some reason after a big storm they bite a lot , what we call chewing," Diehl says. "We do have a lot of local fish, good quality, real fresh so that is an upside."

But Rita could bring a downside. "We buy a lot of fish out of Florida and only thing that'll affect us is just those people losing their stuff there and their places and their warehouses and all that," says Byrd.  Diehl says, "There's always a short-term affect prior and during a storm then hopefully once the storm passes, it's business as usual."  Business and seafood, as usual.

Reported by Nicole Ferguson

  • Trending StoriesTrending StoriesMore>>

  • breaking

    'Home Alone' dad John Heard dies at 72

    'Home Alone' dad John Heard dies at 72

    Saturday, July 22 2017 10:26 AM EDT2017-07-22 14:26:16 GMT
    Saturday, July 22 2017 10:40 AM EDT2017-07-22 14:40:37 GMT

    John Heard appeared in numerous movies and television shows throughout a lengthy acting career, but it was his role as the father of Macauley Culkin's character in two "Home Alone" films that gained him notoriety.

    More >>

    John Heard appeared in numerous movies and television shows throughout a lengthy acting career, but it was his role as the father of Macauley Culkin's character in two "Home Alone" films that gained him notoriety.

    More >>
  • GRAPHIC VIDEO: Teens mock drowning man

    GRAPHIC VIDEO: Teens mock drowning man

    Thursday, July 20 2017 9:14 PM EDT2017-07-21 01:14:47 GMT
    Thursday, July 20 2017 9:39 PM EDT2017-07-21 01:39:28 GMT

    Police say no laws were violated by five teens who made a video of a drowning man and posted it to social media. 

    More >>

    Police say no laws were violated by five teens who made a video of a drowning man and posted it to social media. 

    More >>
  • Man admits he 'flung' infant son, causing his death

    Man admits he 'flung' infant son, causing his death

    Friday, July 21 2017 6:33 AM EDT2017-07-21 10:33:52 GMT
    Cody Bates (Source: LMDC)Cody Bates (Source: LMDC)

    Police responded to a call of an unresponsive three-month-old child on June 9 in an apartment complex in Fern Creek. Officials interviewed multiple people to find out how exactly Preston Amato died.

    More >>

    Police responded to a call of an unresponsive three-month-old child on June 9 in an apartment complex in Fern Creek. Officials interviewed multiple people to find out how exactly Preston Amato died.

    More >>
Powered by Frankly