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Oysters could soon be scarce in Baton Rouge

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Most of the talk of seafood has centered around oysters and how Baton Rouge loves them.  From the water off Louisiana's coast to your dinner table, oysters may soon be a thing of the past.

Ralph and Kacoo's general manager Drew Dicharry knows oysters and says he's beyond upset that this year's catch could be in jeopardy.

Dicharry says the last time he went for his supplier they told him it may be the last time they can get oysters to the restaurants.

Right now, Ralph and Kacoo's is still serving up popular dishes with oysters, and while prices for you will not change, Dicharry he's paying a lot more to his distributors. Dicharry says the bottom line is oysters are safe and available, but get them quick, before it's too late.

"We want to be able to offer the products we're known for and we may not be able to offer oysters if the prices continue to climb," he said.

Louisiana has 30 oyster areas: Nine are closed, and two partially closed. Several other restaurants in the area tell us they're dealing with the same scenario; their oysters are safe but scarce.

For a look at the oyster area closures, check out this website.

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