A longer season and a higher price
Maryland oystermen will have a longer season this year - starting today instead of early November - and will get more money for oysters because production in the Gulf Coast has been crippled by hurricanes. A bushel of oysters from the Chesapeake Bay could fetch more than $40 this winter - up from about $30 a bushel last season - because of sharply reduced supply. But the Chesapeake's tiny catch won't make much difference in the nation's oyster supply. Maryland's harvest last year was 72,000 bushels, compared with millions of bushels each from Mississippi and Louisiana.