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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Over 500 lots of seafood processing equipment formerly owned by Adak Seafood will be sold at auction on Tuesday, June 18, starting at 10 a.m. Hawaiian-Aleutian Daylight Time at the Hilton Garden Inn in Anchorage Alaska.
The equipment is located in a recently updated 250,000 square foot state-of-the-art processing facility in Adak, Alaska. Farmington Hills, Mich.-based Hilco Industrial, which conducts 75 machinery and equipment auctions in a wide range of industries annually, will conduct the auction.
Adak Seafood opened originally as Ada Fisheries in Anchorage in 1986. The facility, updated in 2005, is located on the island of Adak, the southernmost city in Alaska near the western end of the Aleutian Islands. The facility processed cod primarily, as well as halibut, blackcod, crab and pollock, Hilco says.
Alaska fisherman and commercial fisheries activist Kevin Adams was elected chairman at the Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute board of directors meeting on May 9 in Anchorage.
The governor-appointed board consists of seven members: five seafood processors and two industry representatives actively engaged in commercial fishing. Adams was appointed to fill a harvester seat by Gov. Frank Murkowski in 2004.
With 38 years of fishing experience in Bristol Bay, Adams has long been an active member in the Alaska fishing industry, ASMI says. He has worked for both the Alaska Fisheries Development Foundation and the Bering Sea Fisherman's Association, and represents Alaska fishermen on numerous boards.