Grand Isle, La. - Oyster production in Louisiana continues to sag since the BP oil spill, but there's a new effort underway in Grand Isle that could revolutionize an industry that may be ripe for change.
Money provided by BP to help restore the coast is now being put to work at a new facility that could go a long way toward helping the industry recover.
He's the fourth generation to dredge oysters from Louisiana waters, and is now on the cutting edge.
"I'm the only one out there. Nobody knows what I'm doing, but everyone's interested," said oysterman Jules Melancon, who tends a 600 acre oyster lease north of Grand Isle.
It's an area constantly plagued by storms, fresh water, and oil spills
"What's happening for us in the oyster industry is that we're on a roller coaster ride," said Melancon. "And right now it's on the bottom."
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National Fisherman Live: 9/9/14
In this episode:
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NOAA closes cod, yellowtail fishing areas
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