Video: Clam shortage hits Mid-Autumn Festival barbecues

Radio Taiwan International
Date: 13 September, 20196
By: John Van Trieste

Clam prices soar as supplies take a hit due to excessive rain.

Friday is the Mid-Autumn Festival, a time of year when friends and neighbors across Taiwan gather for barbecues. This year, though, Taiwan’s grill masters may have to do without one popular barbecue staple.

The Mid-Autumn Festival is a holiday when Taiwanese people grill just about anything that can be grilled. This means sausages, pork cutlets, vegetables of all kinds, and of course, clams.

But you may have to look hard to find clams at barbecues this year. That’s because recent rain has killed off much of Taiwan’s clam supply.

In coastal areas of Chiayi County, where many clams are raised, more than half of clams in aquaculture centers have died.    [FULL  STORY]

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