30 May '11, 1pm

Oyster Aquaculture Offers Hope for Louisiana Fishery E360 #oilspill

To view this content, you must have Javascript enabled in your browser preferences. You will also need to download the latest Flash Player . Among the most serious environmental consequences of last year’s Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico was the damage done to Louisiana’s oyster beds, one of the world’s last thriving wild oyster fisheries. In many areas, 60 to 80 percent of the oysters were wiped out, not by oil, but by the massive infusion of freshwater diverted from the Mississippi River into wetlands in an effort to keep oil from the coast. As a result, oysters were killed en masse by the reduced salinity. In this Yale Environment 360 video, journalist Jon Brand reports on an experimental oyster farm and hatchery on Grand Isle, Louisiana, that offers hope for a smoother recovery for the Gulf’s oysters and its oystermen. At the hatchery, where they rais...

Full article: http://e360.yale.edu/feature/oyster_aquaculture_offers_ho...

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