National Fisherman


NEW ORLEANS –- What's a Thanksgiving dinner without oyster dressing?
 
“Oyster dressing is one of the top things that's on our table, so consequently we have a big selection of them,” said Eddie Moreno, manager of Dorignac’s grocery store.
 
But some oystermen say their harvest is at an all-time low this year.
 
“It's 98 percent off this year. That's the lowest I've ever seen it,” said George Barisich, president of the United Commercial Fisherman’s Association.
 
Barisich believes seeing lingering effects of the BP oil disaster are impacting oyster landings. He said dispersed oil made it impossible for spat to catch on reefs, so few new oysters could grow.
 
“It's like a Teflon coating on my reef. My reefs are 60 years old and I have no spat catch at all,” he said.
 
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Inside the Industry

The American Fisheries Society is honoring recently retired Florida Institute of Oceanography director Bill Hogarth with the Carl R. Sullivan Fishery Conservation Award — one of the nation's premier awards in fisheries science - in recognition of his long career and leadership in preserving some of the world's most threatened species, advocating for environmental protections and leading Florida's scientific response to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.

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The Marine Stewardship Council has appointed Eric Critchlow as the new U.S. Program Director. Critchlow will be based in the MSC US headquarters in Seattle. He is a former vice president of Lusamerica Foods and has over 35 years in the seafood industry.

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