Oyster Fest is a success, but fishermen fear uncertain future, Fox8 New Orleans, October 16, 2010:
Oysters are plentiful this weekend, but an oyster fisherman tells FOX 8, many oysters aren’t growing. …
Despite the oil spill, Oyster Fest was all about oysters, yet oyster fishermen say they face a lot of “ifs.”
Marty Melerine, who’s been in the oyster fishing business for 30 years, said oyster leases that are open, are down about 50-percent.
He said, “the oysters didn’t grow. They had a stun in their growth. They didn’t grow. They didn’t spawn, which they didn’t have any babies made so they don’t have any small oysters for next year or the year after so right now it’s just kind of wait and see.”
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