Georgia Oyster Ban

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email
Georgia bans summer oyster harvests again.

Courtesy: NOAA

BRUNSWICK, Ga. (AP) -- Georgia is banning commercial and
recreational oyster harvesting during the summer months in an
effort to reduce consumers' risk of getting sick from eating raw

The oyster ban takes effect Tuesday and lasts through September

The Georgia Department of Natural Resources is ordering the ban
to comply with health regulations targeting a bacterium called Vp
that occurs naturally in some shellfish.

The bacterium is most commonly found in oysters during the
summer when waters are warmer.

Health officials say eating raw oysters is the most common way
people ingest the bacteria, which can cause vomiting, stomach
cramps, diarrhea and fever.

Georgia also banned oyster harvesting last summer. The DNR says
summertime accounts for about two percent of Georgia's oyster

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  • by WCTV Viewer Location: Georgia on May 29, 2010 at 07:17 AM
    I realize that people today snicker at some of our parents & grandparents advice, but most of them truly correctly apply to many areas of life. Call them "old wives' tales" or whatever, but in reference to oysters, personal experience prevails over doubt. My grandparents always told me, "Do not eat oysters during the months that do not have an "r" in them or you will get deathly sick." Those months include: May, June, July, August, which are "Summer" months. When you think about it, makes the perfect sense. Bacteria thrives & grows in heat. Why do you think hospitals maintain a colder environment? Anyway, I have always ceased eating raw oysters during the months without an "r" because that is what I was taught, and I have never gotten sick from eating raw oysters. Silly? Maybe, but if you have ever been sick or known someone that was sick after eating raw oysters "out of season" the it is NOT so silly. It's not a "wives tale." It's just COMMON SENSE really.
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