National Fisherman

An oyster harvesting area in Cameron Parish has closed after nine people became sick to their stomach after eating oysters harvested from there. The Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals closed the area and ordered a recall of all oysters harvested from that area since Dec. 28.

The recall order, issued on Friday, includes shucked, frozen, breaded, post-harvest processed and oysters for the half shell market. The contaminated Cameron Parish harvest area – located in Basin 3, Area 30 – is expected to be closed for at least 21 days.

The nine people who became sick were not hospitalized and their illnesses were not life threatening, according to the state Department of Health and Hospitals. DHH epidemiologists and health inspectors looked into the illnesses and found that the each of the nine people had eaten oysters harvested from the same area.

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Inside the Industry

NMFS announced two changes in regulations that apply to federal fishing permit holders starting Aug. 26.

First, they have eliminated the requirement for vessel owners to submit “did not fish” reports for the months or weeks when their vessel was not fishing.

Some of the restrictions for upgrading vessels listed on federal fishing permits have also been removed.

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Alaskans will meet with British Columbia’s Minister of Energy and Mines, Bill Bennett, when he visits Juneau next week and will ask him to support an international review of mine developments in northwest British Columbia, upstream from Southeast Alaska along the Taku, Stikine and Unuk transboundary rivers.

Some Alaska fishing and environmental groups believe an international review is the best way to develop specific, binding commitments to ensure clean water, salmon, jobs and traditional and customary practices are not harmed by British Columbia mines and that adequate financial assurances are in place up front to cover long-term monitoring and compensation for damages.

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