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Posted at 3:30 PM ET, 11/17/2010

Md. oystermen strike over oyster price drop

By Washington Post editors

Chesapeake Bay watermen are striking to protest a drop in oyster prices.

The strike comes a week before Thanksgiving, and Danny Webster of Deal Island says watermen are hoping buyers who have to fill orders for the approaching holiday will relent.

Webster says about 95 percent of watermen in Dorchester, Somerset and Talbot counties stopped working when they heard about the drop in price. Buyers had been paying as much as $42 per bushel, but Webster says they cut the price to $35 this week and there are rumors the price could fall to $30 next week.

Jody Tull, a waterman from Marion Station, says fluctuations in the market are normal, but he doesn’t understand why prices have dropped so early in the season since demand is usually high between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Eve.

By Washington Post editors  | November 17, 2010; 3:30 PM ET
Categories:  Maryland  
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The market does what it wants.

Posted by: jckdoors | November 18, 2010 9:41 AM | Report abuse

I luvs me some fried oysters. I hope the price does drop.

Posted by: blackforestcherry | November 18, 2010 9:55 AM | Report abuse

Don't the suppliers of goods usually set the prices? What kind of market is this?

Posted by: matt_s | November 18, 2010 11:08 AM | Report abuse

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