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: 11/06/14
In this episode:
NOAA report touts 2013 landings, value increases
Panama fines GM salmon company Aquabounty
Gulf council passes Reef Fish Amendment 40
Maine elver quota cut by 2,000 pounds
Offshore mussel farm would be East Coast’s first
NOAA and its fellow Natural Resource Damage Assessment trustees in the Deepwater Horizon oil spill have announced the signing of a formal Record of Decision to implement a gulf restoration plan. The 44 projects, totaling an estimated $627 million, will restore barrier islands, shorelines, dunes, underwater grasses and oyster beds.