Cold Snap Produces Profits for Local Oystermen

As the temperature drops oyster sales rise, creating a much-needed boost to the forgotten coast. Folks in Franklin County say oysters are in big demand partly because they're bigger and better than ever.

Some are drawn to the salty taste; others say it's the size that lures them. Regardless of your liking there's plenty of oysters to go around. Pick them up and slurp them down; 'tis the season for raw oysters, and everyone is getting in on the fun.

The winter oyster season is in full swing in Franklin County. When temperatures cool down, raw oysters sales heat up!

“You should eat oysters during the months with r's and the colder the month the better. So, December, January, and February is the peak for oyster consumption,” says Alan Pierce, a Franklin County administrator.

As is the case at boss oyster where you can find oyster recipes for all taste buds.

“A lot of people that have never ate oysters before are dumbfounded at how good they are,” says Albert Page, a boss oyster shucker.

A tantalizing taste that's more profound during winter months because cool temperatures provide fresher and more frequent catches. Shuckers say consumers will notice the difference in salinity and size.

“Usually big oysters don't taste as good, but they're really tasty,” says Said Kawkaba, visiting from Atlanta.

A taste that has patrons slurping and oyster wholesalers seeing dollar signs.

The Christmas and New Years season are our two biggest weeks of the year,” says David Barber of Barber's Seafood.

With oysters in high demand, oystermen are keeping busy during the holidays. Many of them say it's a much-needed Christmas gift.

You may remember our story in November on the oyster industry. At that time, many oystermen feared the slow summer season would put them out of business. After Monday’s visit to the coast, there's a much more positive outlook with many hoping for a steady winter season.