National Fisherman

The oyster beds that produce those plump Louisiana oysters so many of us love are in danger. That’s what local oyster industry insiders are saying, and they’re putting the blame on the state’s plans for coastal restoration. WGNO News Anchor Vanessa Bolano has the details.
“The oyster industry has been here since the early 1800′s, the commercial industry. It’s important to our culture. It’s important to our culinary tourism. We’re just trying to make sure that the state is doing all it can to see that it survives,” explains fourth generation oysterman John Tesvich, “It’s not about me and my own business right now. It’s about the future, and for future generations.”
Tesvich, who is also on the chairman of the Louisiana Oyster Task Force, says this is the worst oyster season on record. He attributes that to the BP oil spill, but says a move by the state to fight coastal erosion will make matters worse.
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Inside the Industry

NMFS recently released a draft action plan for fish discard and release mortality science, creating a list of actions that they hope can better inform fisheries.

We know that fishermen have to deal with bycatch by discarding or releasing unwanted catch overboard, but there is a data gap regarding how those fish survive.


A new study has identified a set of features common to all ocean ecosystems that provide a visual diagnosis of the health of the underwater environment coastal communities rely on.

Together, the features detail cumulative effects of threats -- such as overfishing, pollution, and invasive species,  allowing responders to act faster to increase ocean resiliency and sustainability.

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