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Famous Oyster Producer Feels Effects of Spill

Jason Gewirtz and Stefanie Kratter

The largest oyster producer in Louisiana is still in business, despite the massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

Motivatit Seafood is based in the town of Houma, about an hour west of New Orleans on the gulf coast. The company brings in and ships out about 250 million oysters a year.

The Real Economic Costs of the Oil Spill

Restaurants and distributors are, of course, very concerned. They're calling Motivatit Seafood non-stop to make sure their next shipments will come in. So far, so good. But those restaurants have reason to worry.

Motivatit has not raised prices for their famous oysters. But Motivatit's owner Mike Voisin says he will have to raise prices if the water where he harvests oysters gets over-run by the coming tide of oil.

Officials estimate that since the April 20 explosion on the Transocean -operated Deepwater Horizon rig, more than 2.5 million gallons of oil have spilled into the water. And there's no end in sight.

Eleven people were killed in the initial explosion. The damage to the Gulf of Mexico's ecosystem may be impossible to determine for years to come.

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