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Oyster harvests in some parts of the Gulf of Mexico are at about a third of the level they were before the 2010 BP Deepwater Horizon disaster and oil spill, the Associated Press reported.
 
Harvests rebounded slightly last year, but are again much lower than before the spill in the oyster beds that got the worst of the oil during the 87-day spill.
 
Scientists are still studying whether there is a conclusive link between the spill and the oyster decline, or if it’s related to other changes in the water, weather, overfishing or other factors.
 
A BP spokesman told AP that multiple government studies have shown that any dropoffs were not due to the explosion that killed 11 people or the spill that followed.
 
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National Fisherman Live

National Fisherman Live: 1/27/15

In this episode:

Assessment: Atlantic menhaden is not overfished
Bering Sea pollock fishery casts off
Dock to Dish opens Florida’s first CSF
Second wave of disaster funds for Alaska
Fisherman lands N.C.’s largest bluefin ever

Inside the Industry

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NOAA, in consultation with the Department of the Interior, has appointed 10 new members to the Marine Protected Areas Federal Advisory Committee. The 20-member committee is composed of individuals with diverse backgrounds and experience who advise the departments of commerce and the interior on ways to strengthen and connect the nation's MPA programs. The new members join the 10 continuing members appointed in 2012.

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