WILMINGTON -- Oyster season began last month, and already area harvesters are seeing a dramatic decrease.
Harvesters in Wilmington say they have to look twice as long and hard to find the same amount of oysters as last year.
The State Marine Fisheries says high amounts of rain, and an increase in coastal developments and dredging are causing the shortage.
Chris Howard of Howard's Seafood says, "The shortage is not only hurting his family business, but the oyster business overall."
The price of oysters is still the same, but the selection of locally grown oysters is at an all time low.