When I was in AL after the oil spill, for the next few years there were no local oysters. Some of the places got oysters from Apalachiacola, FL to cover and they were expensive, compared to what the local oysters had been. I was told that Apalachiacola was the closest place they could get oysters from that had not been affected by the spill. I found them to be delicious and of excellent quality too. I think plenty of places must have kept buying them even after local oysters were available again because of the taste and quality.