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Louisiana’s oyster production still struggles after oil spill

The typical oyster season in Louisiana, which starts in September, produces an average of 25o million pounds of oysters – about one-third of the nation’s oyster supply. This year, however, thanks to the BP oil spill and the Mississippi River floods in May, water salinity levels will cause oyster production to plummet to half its usual volume. Moreover, the 2012 harvest is expected to be about just 35 percent of the average yield. Water saline levels, influenced by the amount of fresh water pouring in from the Mississippi River and other sources, are the key to sustaining a healthy oyster ... Read More