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Ahead of the annual Louisiana Oyster Industry Convention next week, oystermen and distributors in Lafourche Parish are describing the worst oyster haul they have ever seen - low numbers that could transform the seafood into a "delicacy," as one distributor phrased it to the Thibodaux Daily Comet.
 
"We've come to a tipping point with pricing. It is more expensive than lobster is, than softshell crabs. That is a huge thing," Al Sunseri, owner of P & J Oyster Company in New Orleans, told the Daily Comet. "Oysters were always the least expensive. It is going to become a delicacy." That could affect his 140-year-old business going forward, Sunseri said. 
 
"It's still bad out here. There are just not enough oysters to go around," Nick Collins a fourth-generation oysterman with Collins Oyster Co. in Golden Meadow told the Daily Comet. Collins said he hauls in 80 sacks of oysters per day, down from 200 in the past.
 
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Inside the Industry

Pat Fiorelli, the long-serving public affairs officer for the New England Fishery Management Council, will step down at the end of July.

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The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation announced last week the sixth round of grant awards from its Fisheries Innovation Fund, a program launched in 2010 to foster innovations that support sustainable fisheries in the United States. 

The goal of the Fisheries Innovation Fund is to sustain fishermen and fishing communities while simultaneously rebuilding fish stocks.

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