National Fisherman


PLAQUEMINES PARISH, La. — The dredge hauls a load of oysters out of Bay Adams in Plaquemines Parish.

Or for third-generation oysterman Mitch Jurisich, just another day at the office.

"Our family heritage, pride is on raising the finest quality oysters," Jurisich explains. "That's what we look at. But three years ago, how worried were you? Oh I thought we were done."

The 2010 BP oil spill was devastating to oysters in Southeast Louisiana and the recovery is still ongoing.

"How much has it recovered now?" asked Sal Sunseri of P&J Oysters, who believes nearly 80 percent of the oysters were lost right after the oil spill. "I would venture to say that production in Louisiana is probably about 50-to-60 percent of what it normally is."

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