"Really Alarming": No baby oysters being found in most productive areas of Louisiana -- "Scientists are baffled" (VIDEO)


Oyster fishermen worried about problem area along the coast, WWL-TV, January 25, 2011:

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"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. ...

The lack of spat is now a real worry. At this point, it is not clear whether fresh water diversions -- from Caernarvon and other areas -- have anything to do with it. That's because areas that are even further away from the coast are also seeing the same spat problem.

"The outer reefs, further out, where the salinity would be considerably higher, should have had some spat signals. But we don't see it anywhere, and that's really tough," Tesvich said. "Normally after a fresh water event, the crop rebounds. We may even have bumper crops. That's traditionally been the general sequence of events, but we haven't seen that and nobody really knows why."

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7 comments to "Really Alarming": No baby oysters being found in most productive areas of Louisiana -- "Scientists are baffled" (VIDEO)

  • JEC

    No oysters? Scientists baffled? Could the BP Oil Spill and use of dispersants have anything to do with it? Do you think?

  • Surely the oysters -- even if there were to be a successful seeding, would be toxic and not fit for consumption.

  • Ignatius J Reilly

    The area they're mentioning, Zone 2, starts at the Mississippi River and stretches to the west, and that area received the bulk of the oil from the spill. Ask any oyster fisherman from the area, this was expected by pretty much everyone.

    What isn't being mentioned, is that this very problem was brought up by the oyster fisherman from Zone 1 (Miss. River to Miss. line) in a meeting with officials at BP's site in Hopedale, LA four months ago which was long after the oysters should have been spawning. Parish officials were more worried about getting enough oysters for the restaurants in the city than something as trivial as the end of oyster fishing. Yes, I'm serious. I was there.

    And for the record, of the fisherman who worked for BP and actually attempted to fish last year (I worked but did not fish), most of them aren't eating their own catch. I wonder why ...

    But have no fear. Most of the public eats frozen (or the dreaded IQF) and most of what is sold as frozen Louisiana seafood isn't actually caught in Louisiana anyway. Yes, once again, I'm serious :-(

  • They know the fish and everything in the gulf is dead or dieing because of the chemicals used Like corexit9500 and the mixture of oil however they just keep the lies flowing just really pathetic and sad for any one who eats the sea food. In a few years massive deaths of poisoned people Bet on it!Or even sooner funny how they never mention the poisons just the oil.

  • It’s the same one people have always been at risk of getting sick from after eating raw shell fish. This is the first story I’ve ever seen hear that didn’t belong hear and check out to be so. I do hope it will be removed.

  • LA four months ago which was long after the oysters should have been spawning. Parish officials were more worried about getting enough oysters for the restaurants in the city than something as trivial as the end of oyster fishing. Yes, I’m serious. I was there.

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