Strikes could disrupt the flow of shellfish ready to spill into store shelves. The volume available this year will be between 100,000 and 120,000 tonnes, observes, in a column, Laurence Girard, journalist for “Le Monde”.
Raw materials. Talking about oysters has nothing in common with threading pearls. Although … In December, a stone’s throw from the holiday season, the spotlight shines on the seashell. On the company page, under the title “Fear on the oyster beds”, he hit the headlines again. A few days ago, 4.5 tonnes of shellfish were stolen from an oyster farmer in Morbihan. Not a petty theft from a few bivalve hiding places hidden under the coat. No, a real fric-frac of pearls of the sea, ric-rac before Christmas. “It is an impressive theft, worthy of organized crime. Vigilance is reinforced and the trucks will be checked, ”reacts Philippe Le Gal, president of the National Shellfish Farming Committee.
This Breton, installed on the Pénerf river in Morbihan, has other reasons for stress. Strikes could well disrupt the flow of oysters ready to spill into store shelves. “Between December 15 and 20, between 60% and 70% of French production goes to distribution networks. This is a vital time for us, “said Le Gal. However, oyster farmers were showered, in 2018, by the wave of demonstrations of “yellow vests”.
French oyster production, estimated at between 80,000 and 100,000 tonnes, was reduced by between 10% and 20% after the orders were canceled. The incinerated shellfish continued to “grow” at the bottom of the water, de facto increasing the volume available this year, between 100,000 and 120,000 tonnes. Provided that the fines de claire are delivered safely to the consumer’s plate.
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The customer will have to pay a sum almost identical to that of 2018, i.e. from 10 euros to 12 euros per kilo, to taste the tasty mollusk, including between 6 euros and 8 euros.