Dangerous virus has killed 60% of the harvest of oysters in France

French gourmets deeply shocked by the news from oyster farms

Due to an unknown virus has killed more than half of the harvest of shellfish, which are an integral part of the national cuisine. Disease on marine plantations raging is not the first month.

The French wanted to cover the lack of oysters due to the Japanese manufacturers, but after the well-known tragic events about this not being told. The tsunami washed away all crops intended for export. Prices for shellfish in stores and restaurants already crept up. Last year the French ate more than 100 thousand tons of oysters.

Source: The first channel
may 18.Flora and fauna of the coastline of France is suffering from a dangerous virus, which has killed at least 60% of one of the most popular commercial groups of marine invertebrates, oysters

The situation is complicated by the fact that in addition to France a large part of the population of oysters died in Japan due to the disaster on March 11. Thus, France, supplying this fine food on world markets, cannot compensate for the damage by imports. As reported by Bloomberg, the situation in industry vendors, delicious food, has forced restaurants to repeatedly raise prices on food from shellfish.

\»This is all very delays the output of the industry from the crisis\», — said the Agency Marilyn Langman, spokesman for the French National Committee on cultivation of shellfish. \»Of course, oysters on the market will be, but in much smaller quantities than before. We expect production in the next two years will fall by 40-50%,\» said Langman.

According to official statistics, every year the French eat about 108 thousand tons of oysters. At the same time last year, domestic production of delicious mollusk in the country decreased by 38%, but prices soared 20 percent. So, in most restaurants in Paris the price of oysters reaches $9,17 apiece.

According to Bloomberg, France, earned up to €400 million industry oysters in 2010, tried to import young shellfish from coastal prefectures of Japan in October last year. The scientists wanted to see whether Japanese mollusks to resist the virus OsHV-1, struck the coast of France. In order to import foreign oysters in the country of France took special permission from the European Commission.

The test results are expected this month. And while the French government to study the potential partners who can start exporting oysters in the country. Experts say that consumers refer to Japanese clams with caution: many people fear the possibility that they may be contaminated by radiation.

As noted by Bloomberg, the virus that hit France, threatened the entire global business to grow oysters, which in 2009 was estimated at $3.3 billion due to illness harvest shellfish in the past year decreased significantly in Ireland, England and Australia.

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