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No baby oysters being found in Louisiana’s most productive areas

January 28, 2011 Comments off

Oyster fishermen worried about problem area along the coast

NEW ORLEANS — In the waters stretching from the MR-GO, down to the mouth of the Mississippi River, oysters are having a tough time, and a mystery is unfolding in one of the state’s most productive areas for oysters.

“It’s not a good sign,” said John Tesvich, chairman of the Louisiana Oyster Task Force.

The sign is a lack of oyster spat, in what is known as coastal zone number two. Scientists are baffled, and they said so at a meeting on Tuesday of the Oyster Task Force.

“That’s really alarming, when we see large areas, some of the areas that are the heart of the predominant oyster seed ground, we’re not seeing the young spat this year,” Tesvich said. Read more…