La. oystermen say harvest at all-time low

NEW ORLEANS –- What’s a Thanksgiving dinner without oyster dressing?
 
“Oyster dressing is one of the top things that’s on our table, so consequently we have a big selection of them,” said Eddie Moreno, manager of Dorignac’s grocery store.
 
But some oystermen say their harvest is at an all-time low this year.
 
“It’s 98 percent off this year. That’s the lowest I’ve ever seen it,” said George Barisich, president of the United Commercial Fisherman’s Association.
 
Barisich believes seeing lingering effects of the BP oil disaster are impacting oyster landings. He said dispersed oil made it impossible for spat to catch on reefs, so few new oysters could grow.
 
“It’s like a Teflon coating on my reef. My reefs are 60 years old and I have no spat catch at all,” he said.
 
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