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By Jennifer Emert - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) –  Southwest Georgia's seafood restaurants haven't had a problem getting oysters or seafood from the gulf and say capping the well has helped sales.

Austin's B-B-Q and Oyster Bar saw a jump in Oyster sales when the leak first happened and oil started spilling into the gulf. Since then sales have been flat. They say people have a tendency to shy away from Oysters during the summer because of the perception that the oysters are bad.

That same perception brought customers rushing in when it was announced the well was capped. 

"Monday they capped the oil spill we had a spike in Oyster sales for that week so I think the perception from the public is that the oil's gone away and as we know it's still in the Gulf," said Austin Newman of Austin's BBQ & Oyster Bar.

Prices per bushel escalated by ten to 15 percent during the crisis, but never got out of hand. Austin says the restaurant got some of its best and biggest oysters during this summer and last.

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