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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National Fisherman Live: 12/16/14
In this episode, Bruce Buls, WorkBoat's technical editor, interviews Long Island lobsterman John Aldridge, who survived for 12 hours after falling overboard in the dead of night. Aldridge was the keynote speaker at the 2014 Pacific Marine Expo, which took place Nov. 19-21 in Seattle.
NOAA, in consultation with the Department of the Interior, has appointed 10 new members to the Marine Protected Areas Federal Advisory Committee. The 20-member committee is composed of individuals with diverse backgrounds and experience who advise the departments of commerce and the interior on ways to strengthen and connect the nation's MPA programs. The new members join the 10 continuing members appointed in 2012.