National Fisherman

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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Inside the Industry

NMFS has awarded 16 grants totaling more than $2.5 million as part of its Bycatch Reduction Engineering Program.

The program supports the development of technological solutions and changes in fishing practices designed to minimize bycatch and aims to to find creative approaches and strategies for reducing bycatch, seabird interactions, and post-release mortality in federally managed fisheries.


Abe Williams, who was elected to the Bristol Bay Regional Seafood Development Association board last spring, has been selected as the new president as of September.

Williams fishes the F/V Crimson Fury, and is president of Nuna Resources, a nonprofit that supports sustainable resource development in rural Alaska, including fighting for an international solution to issues raised by the proposed Pebble Mine project.

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