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Bluff bliss for Rugby World Cup visitors
Monday, 29 August 2011, 5:06 pm
Press Release: New Zealand Government
Phil Heatley

Minister of Fisheries and Aquaculture Phil Heatley says a one-off extension to the Bluff oyster season will give Rugby World Cup supporters the chance to savour one of New Zealand’s most treasured delicacies.
"We have a relatively short timeframe to showcase the best of New Zealand produce to the many thousands of visitors who will be visiting our shores during the Rugby World Cup. Issuing a special permit to commercial fishers to run from 5 September to 23 October will give visitors the chance to taste some of the best oysters in the world," says Mr Heatley.
The Bluff Oyster Management Company, applied for the special permit to extend the season on behalf of the oyster industry. It will manage the season on behalf of quota holders.
Without this extension the oyster season ended for both recreational and commercial fishers on 31 August, just prior to the start of the Cup.
Battle over local oyster farms heats up
Wednesday, August 24, 2011

POINT REYES, Calif. (KGO) -- For the last four years, ABC7 has been sharing the story of an oyster farmer in the North Bay fighting to keep his business. The battle is in the Point Reyes National Seashore. The owner of the farm wants to continue the operation when the lease expires next year. Some environmentalists insist the farm has to go because Congress intended the area to be wilderness, but the legislators that created the park are saying "not so fast."
Oyster farmer Kevin Lunny is running out of time; he's fighting to save the last oyster cannery in California. For nearly 100 years oysters have been harvested at Drake's Estero in what is now the Point Reyes National Seashore. Lunny bought Johnson's Oyster Farm in 2005 and renamed it the Drake's Bay Oyster Company.
But now the National Park Service wants him out. The battle has been going for four years.
22 people sickened from eating Washington oysters
Updated 02:55 p.m., Thursday, August 4, 2011

The state Department of Health is advising people to cook local shellfish, after 22 people became sick from eating raw oysters harvested in Puget Sound and along the Washington coast.
Offiicals said the oysters contained the Vibrio parahaemolyticus bacteria. The naturally occurring bacteria thrives in July and August with warm temperatures and low tides.
Four of the illnesses stemmed from recreational harvesting in the Sound and along the coast. Eighteen of the cases came from commercial operations.
Vibriosis poisoning symptoms include diarrhea, nausea, cramps, vomiting, fever, headache and chills. Health officials had the following tips for safe oyster harvesting:
Short-term solution also a simplistic one
Published on August 26, 2011

Provincial Fisheries Minister Neil LeClair is working with his federal counterparts to come up with a short-term solution to allow the shellfishery to proceed in the Charlottetown Harbour area while the city works out its wastewater treatment problems.
That sounds good, particularly for those relying on the shellfishery, but how effective can a short-term solution really be as long as the wastewater treatment problems remain unaddressed?
Shellfisher organizations and environmentalists have been criticizing the capital city lately for an outdated section of its wastewater treatment system that allows effluent to spill into the harbour, necessitating temporary closures of the shellfishery in the area. In compliance with new federal guidelines, the city has been separating storm and sanitary water pipes, but the Spring Park section of the city system still accepts storm water and sanitary water. When heavy rains occur, it sometimes overwhelms the section of the city's system that hasn't been upgraded yet, and effluent has ended up in the harbour. The city says it will take about $24 million to finishing the upgrade, and that once work begins it'll be a three-year project.
PIA Press Release
Friday, August 26, 2011
Red Tide Alert up in Zamboanga, Misamis, Zambales

MANILA, Aug. 26 (PIA) -- The Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) issued Shellfish Bulletin No. 18 warning that all shellfish collected from Dumaquillas Bay in Zamboanga del Sur, Murcielagos Bay in Zamboanga del Norte and Misamis Oriental and in Masinloc Bay in the province of Zambales are “still positive for paralytic shellfish poison that is beyond the regulatory limit.”
The BFAR also warned that “Matarinao Bay in Eastern Samar is now positive for red tide toxin.” The bureau has banned the harvesting, selling, buying and consumption of mussels, clams and shrimp fry in these areas.
According to the bulletin, “all types of shellfish and Acetes sp. or alamang gathered” from these areas “are not safe for human consumption.” Fish, squid, shrimp and crab from these areas are safe to eat “provided that they are fresh and washed thoroughly and internal organs, such as gills and intestines, are removed before cooking.”
DEC Temporarily Closes Shellfishing Areas in Nassau and Suffolk Counties
Shellfish Closures Follow Record Setting Rainfall Around Long Island
by New York State Department of Environmental Conservation

ALBANY, NY (08/25/2011)(readMedia)-- The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) today announced that it has designated shellfish harvesting areas in Nassau and Suffolk counties as temporarily closed to shellfish harvesting, effective Monday August 29, 2011. These temporary emergency closures are a precautionary response to extremely heavy rainfall and stormwater runoff, as well as coastal flooding and erosion that is expected to occur when Hurricane Irene impacts the area this weekend.
The following areas have been designated as uncertified effective Monday, August 29, 2011 and the harvest of shellfish is temporarily prohibited through Monday, September 5, 2011.
POSTED: Thursday, Aug. 25, 2011
Algae that turned toxic stumps scientists
By CRAIG WELCH | The Seattle TimesParalytic Shellfish Poisoning Presentation: The Alaskan Problem
August 24, 2011 Wednesday

(SitNews) Ketchikan, Alaska –A presentation on Paralytic shellfish toxin (PSP) will be given on August 25, 2011 at 6:30 PM at the Discovery Center by Raymond RaLonde.
With over 15 years of experience with PSP, RaLonde is a Professor of Fisheries for the University of Alaska Fairbanks School of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences and aquaculture specialist for the University of Alaska Sea Grant Marine Advisory Program.
PSP is a pervasive problem in Alaska affecting human health and the marine environment and inflicting economic consequences on recreational, subsistence, commercial fisheries, and aquaculture development. Personal use and subsistent shellfish harvests account for 191 confirmed PSP illnesses from 1973 to 2011 in Alaska.
SEATTLE For years, when Washington state health officials tested shellfish for toxins produced by microscopic algae, they zeroed in on two types of poisons.
Now there are three.
The state Department of Health reported this month that a family on the Olympic Peninsula was the first ever in the United States to contract diarrhetic shellfish poisoning (DHS). A man and two children became sick from eating mussels contaminated by a naturally occurring biotoxin in Sequim Bay.
The toxin is produced by a family of marine phytoplankton, Dinophysis, that has been tracked in Washington waters for decades, but has never sickened anyone. The same family of organisms has caused illnesses in Europe and Japan for decades.
Fish and shellfish lower risk of type 2 diabetes in women
08/25/2011 12:01:00
By David Liu, Ph.D.

Thursday Aug 25, 2011 ( -- Eating fish and shellfish may help reduce risk of type 2 diabetes mellitus, according to a new observational study conducted by researchers of Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, TN, and the Shanghai Cancer Institute in Shanghai, China.
The study published in the Aug 2011 issue of the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found eating fish, shellfish and long-chain omega-3 fatty acids seemed to significantly reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes mellitus in women. The reduction could be as much as 20 percent.
In men, only eating shellfish was associated with significantly reduced risk of type 2 diabetes mellitus. The reduction could be as much as 34 percent.
Former shellfish cop cleared of assault over tribal fishing rights
August 25, 2011 12:00 AM

MATTAPOISETT — Kenneth Pacheco, the Mattapoisett shellfish constable who faced assault charges following an altercation with a Wampanoag fisherman last October, was found not guilty in Plymouth District Court this week.
In April, David Greene of Buzzards Bay filed criminal charges of assault and discrimination based on national origin against Pacheco following an argument that developed while Greene was digging for quahogs at Shining Tides beach in Mattapoisett last Oct.11.
When challenged by Pacheco, Greene produced his tribal identification card and asserted that, as a Native American with aboriginal fishing rights, he did not have to comply with the town's shellfish regulations. When Pacheco attempted to inspect Greene's catch, an altercation developed involving a tug of war over the laundry basket Greene was using to harvest the shellfish.
Paua thief loses appeal against prison sentence
Published: 2:41PM Thursday August 25, 2011 Source: ONE News

The Court of Appeal has upheld a sentence of nine months' imprisonment imposed on a paua poacher by the District Court.
Jason Maihi Tonga was sentenced at New Plymouth earlier this year for his part in taking paua in Taranaki, along with two other offenders.
Caught with 701 paua, weighing nearly 40 kilos, and with a market value of $6,730, the trio claimed they were gathering the shellfish for a tangi at the local marae.
The three did not have a customary permit, and the marae denied all knowledge of the trio, saying also that the amount of paua taken would have been too much to feed the 120 people that had attended the tangi.
Paralytic Shellfish Poisoning Presentation: The Alaskan Problem
August 24, 2011 Wednesday

(SitNews) Ketchikan, Alaska –A presentation on Paralytic shellfish toxin (PSP) will be given on August 25, 2011 at 6:30 PM at the Discovery Center by Raymond RaLonde.
With over 15 years of experience with PSP, RaLonde is a Professor of Fisheries for the University of Alaska Fairbanks School of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences and aquaculture specialist for the University of Alaska Sea Grant Marine Advisory Program.
PSP is a pervasive problem in Alaska affecting human health and the marine environment and inflicting economic consequences on recreational, subsistence, commercial fisheries, and aquaculture development. Personal use and subsistent shellfish harvests account for 191 confirmed PSP illnesses from 1973 to 2011 in Alaska.
PIA Press Release
Thursday, August 25, 2011
Paralytic shellfish poisoning positive in Matarinao Bay
by Neil D. Lopido

TACLOBAN CITY, Leyte, Aug. 25 (PIA) -- The latest laboratory results on shellfishes and water samples taken from Matarinao Bay in Eastern Samar which covers Salcedo, Quinapondan, Gen. MacArthur and Hernani, showed positive for Paralytic Shellfish Poisoning (PSP) that is beyond the regulatory limit, according to the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) 8.
BFAD Region 8 Director Juan Albaladejo Jr. officially informed about the red tide occurrence through an advisory sent to the Philippine Information Agency (PIA).
To avoid Paralytic Shellfish Poisoning, BFAR advises the public to refrain from eating, gathering or harvesting, transporting and marketing shellfish from Matarinao Bay until such time that the shellfish toxicity level has gone down below the regulatory limit.
Velez fishermen still grounded
Axarquía - Málaga East
Friday, 26 August 2011 18:17

FISHERMEN in Velez-Malaga are still unable to work due to the ‘red sea’ which has affected the seas along the coast for more than a month.
Despite the Junta de Andalucia Provincial Agriculture and Fishery Delegation reopening some of the shellfish and mollusk fishing grounds between Malaga and Estepona recently, fishermen from Velez cannot travel to these areas, and the Axarquia ban is still in effect and fishing for clams, baby clams, scallops, anemones, sea snails and other mollusks, is banned.
The ‘red sea’ is caused by toxins released by a type of seaweed named Gymnodinium, and occurs fairly frequently.ía-málaga-east/velez-fishermen-still-grounded.html
Shell Museum accepting entries for second live mollusk photo contest
August 25, 2011
Special to the REPORTER , Island Reporter, Captiva Current, Sanibel-Captiva Islander

The Bailey-Matthews Shell Museum is offering amateur shutterbugs a great opportunity to capture images of live mollusks in their natural habitats during the museum's Second Annual Live Mollusk Photography Competition.
Photos of live mollusks eating, moving, mating, etc., are eligible for the contest. Entries will be accepted at the museum until Nov. 1, 2011 (including electronically-submitted pictures).
The winning submissions will be announced during the museum's anniversary celebration, scheduled for Nov. 14-18.
How crowded is Earth? Scientists estimate 8.7 million species
By Juliet Eilperin The Washington Post
Posted: 08/24/2011 01:00:00 AM MDT
Updated: 08/24/2011 02:04:55 AM MDT

For centuries, scientists have pondered a central question: How many species exist on Earth? Now, a group of researchers has offered an answer: 8.7 million.
Although the number is still an estimate, it represents the most rigorous mathematical analysis yet of what we know — and don't know — about life on land and in the sea. The authors of the paper, published Tuesday evening by the scientific journal PLoS Biology, suggest 86 percent of all terrestrial species and 91 percent of all marine species have yet to be discovered, described and catalogued.
Recent discoveries have been small and weird: a psychedelic frogfish, a lizard the size of a dime and even a blind hairy mini-lobster at the bottom of the ocean.
Study shows small health risk from eating wild kai
Thursday, 25 August, 2011 - 10:00

Gathering and eating wild kai, like koura (crayfish), watercress, tuna (eel), and more recently trout, has long been a part of tikanga (custom) for Te Arawa people. But a recent collaborative study between NIWA and the Te Arawa Lakes Trust has found that toxicants in those traditional foods could pose a risk to people's health.
Rotorua's geothermal activity imparts high levels of naturally-occurring metals, such as mercury and arsenic, to fish and shellfish caught in the area. The rohe (region) is also affected by other toxicants, like pesticides from agriculture and metals in stormwater. The combined risk of consuming food affected by these toxicants hasn't been looked at before.
"This study is novel both because it looked at sites and food species particularly relevant to the local iwi, and because it looked at the combined effects of a number of toxicants," says Project Leader Dr Ngaire Phillips.
Atmautluak and Kake Receive Rural Innovative Funds for Community Projects
Alaska Native News Staff, Journalist team
Published 08/24/2011 - 9:11 a.m. AKST
Alaska Native News Staf...

ANCHORAGE-Two small Alaskan communities have received Rural Innovation Fund Indian Economic Development and Entrepreneurship grant according to a statement by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development yesterday. They were two of 46 rural and tribal communities in 19 states to be awarded more than $28 million through the new Rural Innovation Fund....
The second Alaskan community to receive monies from the fund was the organized Village of Kake, which is located on the northwest coast of Kupreanof Island along Keku Strait, 38 air miles northwest of Petersburg and 95 air miles southwest of Juneau. They will receive a Rural Innovation Fund Indian Economic Development and Entrepreneurship grant in the amount of $567,908 that will be used to provide small business development assistance to start-up oyster and geoduck farmers.
Shellfish aquaculture shows strong promise to provide expanded private sector employment and revenue to rural Southeast Alaska, which has been devastated in recent years with outmigration of jobs and residents. The Southeast Alaska Mariculture Business Development Project will offer business development technical assistance and capacity building services to existing and start-up mariculture businesses in the Kake, Naukati, Hoonah and Angoon areas.
All of these communities are located in economically distressed rural areas with less than 2,500 inhabitants. Services include a shellfish business incubator, mariculture small farmer apprenticeship program, and a mariculture equipment revolving loan fund for provision of essential equipment to create small shellfish farms. Key partners for the project include AK Shellfish Growers Assoc.; Univ. of Southeast AK Marine Advisory Program; Univ. of AK Center for Economic Development; AK Oyster Cooperative and Rural Community Assistance Corp. Leveraging for this project is $224,741.
Abalone numbers plunge by 90 pc
Thursday, August 25, 2011, 03:30 (GMT + 9)

Last March’s earthquake and tsunami have colossally diminished the young abalone stock off Miyagi Prefecture. The abalone catch may thus struggle for several years, according to the Yokohama-based National Research Institute of Fisheries.
Young abalone numbers have dwindled by more than 90 per cent, probably because the tsunami washed the molluscs away, the institute explained.
"We fear that the catch will not recover to pre-disaster levels until three to five years from now," said Hideki Takami, a senior researcher with the Tohoku research centre of the semi-governmental Fisheries Research Agency (FRA), Mainichi Japan reports.
Mussels on the move: Scientists relocate shellfish threatened by Ohio bridge project
First Posted: August 24, 2011 - 6:32 am
Last Updated: August 24, 2011 - 6:32 am

DAYTON, Ohio — Scientists have worked three days to relocate dozens of freshwater mussels out of the way of an interstate highway bridge project in southwest Ohio.
Several species of the shellfish found in Ohio are classified as endangered by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service.
The Dayton Daily News reports ( ) a team led by a biologist and using scuba gear gathered freshwater mussels last week from an area of the Great Miami River in Dayton where piers for a new I-75 bridge will be going in within months.
Normally it's illegal to remove mussels from Ohio waterways, though exceptions are made for scientific reasons.
I’m back
1:30 pm, Aug 22, 2011 | Written by pcampbell

I’m just back from a lovely and very restful vacation on Puget Sound. I’m a big fan of the two-weeker. We didn’t even intend it to be a culinary vacation, but somehow we couldn’t help it. A few things I ate:
Lots of raw oysters, once some straight from Taylor Shellfish Farms, where they cultivate them, as well as at a restaurant less than a mile away. And some excellent cooked ones, these hand-breaded, pan-fried from the Old Edison Inn, a fine bar in the tiny town of Edison, WA
Wild salmon:
And blackberry pie from berries picked by the side of the road on Orcas Island , Wa:
Also, clams and ling cod and mussels, spot prawns at the Willow Inn on Lummi Island, Dungeness crabs and smoked salmon and mushrooms and tons of fresh cherries and hazelnuts. Raspberry ice cream from Mallard’s. And Nanaimo bars from a bakery in Vancouver’s Granville Island Public Market:
Contaminants in Your Clams?
Posted on August 22, 2011 | Filed Under: Clean Water , Greening Water Infrastructure , Protecting Rivers , Stormwater & Sewage
Stacey Detwiler Conservation Associate

Residents along the Long Island Sound don’t just have to worry about possible beach closures this summer. Due to heavy rainfall over the last few days, the New York Department of Environmental Conservation has issued a temporary closure for shellfish harvesting in Nassau and Suffolk Counties along the coast.
What does rainfall have to do with shellfish? When rain falls on urbanized areas like Long Island that have lots of parking lots, rooftops, and roads, it is unable to infiltrate into the ground.
Instead, it runs along these hard surfaces, picking up pollutants like copper from brake linings, lawn chemicals, and bacteria. Most of this polluted runoff ends up flowing untreated directly into local rivers, streams, and coastal waters.
Louisiana oyster population dropping dramatically
Posted on August 25, 2011 at 6:45 PM
Updated yesterday at 7:02 PM
Maya Rodriguez / Eyewitness News

They are one the best known seafood staples in Louisiana. Yet, underwater, oysters are facing an uphill battle.
"We didn't have a good reproductive cycle this spring," said seafood processor Mike Voisin, of Motivatit Seafood in Houma, a member of the state's Oyster Task Force.
The problems began last year with the BP oil spill, when the state opened fresh water diversions from the Mississippi River. That fresh water killed oysters, which rely on a delicate balance of fresh and brackish water to survive. More fresh water was released during high river levels this spring, and there are now fewer oysters around.
In an average year, Louisiana produces about 250 million pounds of oysters. However, this year, it is expected to be half that amount - and it will be even less than that next year.
Take oil and fresh water…
The state government, BP and oysterers argue about compensation for the death of a Louisiana delicacy
Aug 27th 2011 | NEW ORLEANS

IN GOOD years, Louisiana’s oyster fishermen produce about 40% of America’s crop. But 2010 and 2011 have not been good ones. In some of the rich oyster grounds near the birds-foot delta of the Mississippi River, almost all the oysters are dead. Washington state has grabbed Louisiana’s mantle as America’s top oyster producer.
Meanwhile, the men who farm and sell oysters for a living have struggled to get compensation for their losses. In part, that is because the oysters were not killed by the BP Macondo oil spill last year—or not directly. What killed them was the full-bore opening of a series of freshwater “diversions”: sluices designed to help rebuild Louisiana’s eroding coastline by depositing muddy river water in the wetlands.
The diversions were opened at the direction of Governor Bobby Jindal, who reasoned that the outward flow of fresh water would help prevent oil washing up onshore. Whether it worked or not is hard to say—but it killed a lot of oysters. Gulf bivalves need high salinity, and they are not equipped to move when conditions change. (The historically high water in the Mississippi River this summer, which prompted the opening of a floodway that had not been used since 1973, is also expected to kill oysters in bays to the west that were unharmed after the oil spill.)
Gulf of Mexico oil spill settlements accelerate
Published: Tuesday, August 23, 2011, 10:00 PM
By David Hammer, The Times-Picayune

A year after he took over BP's $20 billion Gulf of Mexico oil spill claims fund, Kenneth Feinberg is touting the $5 billion he's paid to victims so far as a clear sign of success, even while acknowledging that he's had to tweak payment rules throughout the year to make his Gulf Coast Claims Facility more effective.
Feinberg's program recovered from a rough start on Aug. 23, 2010, to become a veritable claims-payment machine.
The renowned Washington lawyer and mediation specialist with the booming voice, confident personality and sharp Boston brogue has gone from overpromising on the speed of initial emergency payments to quietly working with oyster harvesters to address deficiencies in his payment methods; from fights over his independence from BP to accolades from fishing associations; from delays in setting final payment policies to a robust clip of about $300 million in settlements each month.
Gulf Shrimp Season Begins In Louisiana Under Oil-Black Cloud
First Posted: 8/22/11 06:08 PM ET Updated: 8/22/11 06:09 PM ET

Today was the start of shrimp season in Louisiana, and way down in the Mississippi delta, fishermen and shrimpers struck out from the small black fishing towns that dot the river and headed out into the Gulf of Mexico, hoping and praying for the best.
But ever since the BP oil spill back in 2010, their hauls have gotten lighter and their hopes and prayers a bit dimmer. The seafood industry and the livelihood of those who make their money off the side of boats is collapsing beneath them, fishermen said.
"We don't have millions of dollars sitting in the bank where we can go do something else. We live and die on the seafood industry. This is our culture," said Byron Encalade, president of the Louisiana Oystermen Association. "This is how we live."
The oysters in many beds haven't reproduced, he said. And early reports from shrimpers said the outlook for this season doesn't look good, if today's catch is any indication.
Humboldt Bay looking into oyster farming expansion
Donna Tam/The Times-Standard
Posted: 08/19/2011 02:30:25 AM PDT

Humboldt Bay's oyster industry is hoping to expand on its success as a state leader in oyster farming -- by encouraging new oyster growers.
The Headwaters Fund recently awarded a $200,000 grant to the Humboldt Bay Harbor, Recreation and Conservation District for a mariculture expansion project. The project is designed to help the oyster farming industry grow within the bay by helping it conduct pre-permitting studies.
Harbor District CEO David Hull said the goal is to find a project that will result in measured expansion, avoiding negative impacts while creating local jobs and expanding a productive industry. He said the proposal was put together after a series of community meetings identified it as a need.
Rain prompts pond, beach closures
By Iain Wilson/Independent Staff Writer
Thursday, August 18, 2011 11:07 AM EDT

A deluge that dropped nearly 4 inches of rain on South County on Sunday and Monday caused few problems on land, but upped bacteria counts in local waters to dangerous levels.
While the region continues to dry out, Point Judith Pond remains closed to shellfish harvesting. The state Department of Environmental Management closed the pond to harvesting until sunrise on Aug. 24, and the state Department of Health recommended the closure of Scarborough State Beach in Narragansett to swimming.
“We’ll keep testing the water for bacteria, and until we get a clean reading, we’ll be closed for swimming,” said Robert Paquette, chief of the Division of Parks and Recreation at DEM. The state beach remained closed to swimming Wednesday morning. The bacteria that forced the beach closure stemmed from runoff due to the rain and is not related to the nearby Scarborough Sewage Treatment Plant. Paquette said he expected the beach to re-open to swimming by Wednesday afternoon.
O'Malley Announces Streamlined Aquaculture Permitting

Governor Martin O’Malley announced a new streamlined and centralized aquaculture permitting process for Marylanders interested in growing oysters and other shellfish in Maryland waters. Thanks to a realignment of State requirements approved by the General Assembly earlier this year and a cooperative effort between the Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, qualifying applicants will now be able to submit a joint state-federal application and the Corps is expediting the approval process through issuance of the Regional General Permit.
“We are cutting the red tape, streamlining the permitting process and making it easier to do business in Maryland,” said Governor O’Malley. “I want to thank Colonel Anderson and his team for helping us improve this process. Together, we can create jobs, grow our seafood industry and make a more sustainable future for the Chesapeake Bay and our native oyster.”
Along with expanded sanctuaries and increased enforcement against poaching, one of the key components of Governor O’Malley’s 2010 Oyster Restoration and Aquaculture Development Plan is a streamlined permit process. As of July 1, all aquaculture functions have been consolidated and transferred to DNR, which now coordinates all aquaculture permitting, issues water column leases and staffs the Aquaculture Coordinating Council and Aquaculture Review Board.
Our Opinion: Go ahead and eat your 63 pounds of shrimp
Support Louisiana seafood and its fishermen
By Staff reports Southwest Daily News
Posted Aug 12, 2011 @ 09:30 AM

Sulphur, La. —
This week Billy Nungesser, who is throwing his hat into the ring for Lt. Governor of the State of Louisiana, was in town to discuss many issues involving the preservation and rebuilding of Louisiana's coastline.
That prompted us to think about how Louisiana's seafood is recovering from the BP Oil Spill.
The state has done a great job of promotion. Television and radio commercials have encouraged everyone to eat Louisiana seafood and not be hesitant to patronize our restaurants that feature fish, oysters, shrimp and crabs.
Is there truly a lingering effect on our seafood industry from the oil and chemicals spewed into the Gulf of Mexico as a result of the BP oil disaster?
Or ... is Mother Nature stronger than we believe?
LOCKPORT: Aug. 10, 2011
Exhibit showcases oyster harvesting’s history
Published: Wednesday, August 10, 2011 at 10:40 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, August 10, 2011 at 10:40 a.m.

An exhibit, “Celebrated Houma Oysters: The History of the Cenac family and the Early Oyster Industry in Terrebonne Parish,” is on display through the end of the year in the archives department of the Ellender Memorial Library on the Nicholls State University campus in Thibodaux, reports Clifton Theriot, an archivist with the department.
Jean Pierre Cenac, a native of Barbazan-Debat, France, immigrated to New Orleans in December of 1860. Shortly after his arrival, he moved to Houma and worked as a baker with Jean Marie Dupont. While there, he met his wife, Victorine Aimee Fanguy, with whom he raised 14 children. In the late 1800s, Cenac and his sons ventured into the oyster industry and operated several businesses that either processed, packed or shipped fresh oysters to destinations around the U.S. and Mexico.
The Ellender exhibit is offered in conjunction with a recent book on the history of the Cenac family. “Eyes of an Eagle, Jean Pierre Cenac, Patriarch, An Illustrated history of Early Houma-Terrebonne,” by Dr. Christopher E. Cenac Sr., tells the story of an immigrant who left his home in the mountains of France and adapted to a new homeland in south Louisiana. The book details the entrepreneurial pursuits of the Cenac family from the 1860s through the early 1900s in Terrebonne Parish.
Bahr foiled in food competition
11:17 PM, Aug. 6, 2011
Written by Zack Southwell

Louisiana's crowned King of Seafood had to doff his chef's hat to a colleague from Alabama.
Cory Bahr, executive chef at Restaurant Sage in Monroe, competed Saturday in The 2011 Great American Seafood Cook-Off in New Orleans.
Chefs from 14 regionally diverse states converged on New Orleans to seek the title of King or Queen of Seafood. Other states with competitors included Alabama, Alaska, Florida, Illinois, Kentucky, Maine, Mississippi, New Jersey, North Carolina, Oregon, South Carolina, Texas and West Virginia.
The winner of the competition was Alabama's Jim Smith, with Bud Gruniger of North Carolina coming in second and Scott Anderson, of New Jersey, placing third.
Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission Approves Online Application Process for Oyster Harvester Permits in Lake Calcasieu

August 4, 2011 – Today the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission passed a motion amending the rules by which Oyster Harvester Permits are issued for Lake Calcasieu. As required by Act 329 of the 2011 Louisiana Legislative Session, anyone seeking to commercially harvest oysters in Lake Calcasieu must have one of 126 special Oyster Harvester Permits issued by the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries.
Of the 126 permits available, 63 will be issued exclusively to eligible fishermen who have historically harvested in Lake Calcasieu since January 1, 2001. The remaining 63 permits will be issued to any person who is otherwise eligible.
Permits will be valid for a period of one year beginning October 1, of a given year and ending September 30, of the following year. Applicants are required to hold a current and valid commercial fishing license and oyster harvester license.
Applications for permits will be
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Gulf seafood is safe, LSU researcher says, but oil-spill stigma lingers
10:32 PM, Aug. 2, 2011
Written by Mike Hasten

BATON ROUGE -- Louisiana's Gulf of Mexico seafood is safe, a nationally recognized expert in food safety says, but there's still a perception that it is tainted by last year's BP Plc rig explosion that spewed crude oil into the Gulf.
The perception is wrong, says Lucina Lampila, associate professor of seafood technology at Louisiana State University, but "perception is hard to overcome."
"The seafood out there being harvested is safe and the most scrutinized in the United States, if not the world," said Lampila, who has been involved in the testing of shrimp and fish harvested after the oil disaster and the use of massive amounts of the oil dispersant Corexit.
Drought Damage Extends to Texas Gulf Oysters
By Ramit Plushnick-Masti | August 2, 2011

Tracy Woody heaved a hemp bag filled with oysters across the deck of his boat and began inspecting his catch. One shell after another was empty.
It’s virtually official, Woody said: the third-worst drought in state history has killed any hope that Texas oysters would make up for the severe losses in Mississippi and Louisiana, where the shellfish suffered from last year’s oil spill and this year’s massive flooding.
“There’s no way,” said Woody, a fifth-generation oyster fisherman who says he has never seen conditions this bad.
Oysters are a $217 million industry on the Gulf Coast. Louisiana and Texas account for 70 percent of the eastern species found in the Gulf and along the East Coast. Pessimism about the harvest this season is growing, even though experts won’t offer a specific projection.
Texas Oysters Also Suffering in Extreme Heat
Posted by Chace Murphy
Monday, August 1st, 2011

SMITH POINT, Texas (AP) _ Wildlife experts fear the drought in Texas could kill this year’s oyster harvest.
Dry conditions have caused the water in Texas’ Galveston Bay to be saltier than usual, which allows disease and predators to thrive. Many oysters now being taken from the bay, which is the source of 90% of Texas’ oysters, are dead.
The drought comes just as Louisiana and Mississippi are suffering poor harvests because of flooding. Fishermen had hoped Texas would make up the difference, but that now seems unlikely.
Grand Jury: Fishermen & Wholesaler Falsified Oyster Catch Records
by Kirk Moore, Asbury Park Press
Posted: Thursday, August 18, 2011 at 3:24PM EDT

Three Delaware Bay fishermen and a seafood wholesaler who have played a role in reviving New Jersey’s oyster industry are among those indicted by a federal grand jury in Camden on charges of falsifying catch records and selling illegally harvested oysters.
Oystermen Thomas Reeves and Todd Reeves, owners of Reeves Brothers in Port Norris, and company employee Renee Reeves are charged with falsifying reports of oyster landings between 2004 and 2007 to show the company took in fewer shellfish than it actually did, according to the indictment unsealed Tuesday.
Also charged in the indictment is Mark Bryan of New Market, Md., co-owner of Harbor House Seafood based in Seaford, Del., and Pamela Meloney of Secretary, Md. who works for Harbor House.
The great oyster crash
by OnEarth
18 Aug 2011 7:12 AM
This OnEarth column was written by Eric Scigliano.

In the summer of 2007, something strange and troubling happened at the Whiskey Creek Shellfish Hatchery on Netarts Bay in Oregon, which raises oyster larvae for shellfish growers from Mexico to Canada. The hatchery's "seed," as the oyster larvae are called, began dying by the millions, for no apparent reason.
Disease isn't uncommon in a hatchery's tanks, but that same year, up the coast in Washington, wild oyster larvae also failed in Willapa Bay, which has been the heart of the Pacific Northwest's oyster industry since the 1850s.
The Willapa Bay growers scrambled to replace their natural beds with farm-raised seed from Whiskey Creek and other hatcheries. But there was very little of it to buy. Washington state's Taylor Shellfish Farms, the Pacific Coast's largest grower, also lost most of its larvae that year.
Oyster poaching scam costs industry USD 600,000
Thursday, August 18, 2011, 04:00 (GMT + 9)

Six oyster thieves have been arrested and 10 fishing boats have been seized in connection with an oyster harvesting scam in Delaware Bay that could cost the sector more than USD 600,000. The scandal was publicized this week and involved a major East Coast packing house.
Federal agents made their move after a grand jury returned a 15-count indictment charging the six individuals and two related companies from New Jersey and Maryland. US Attorney Paul J Fishman charged the parties with drafting false reports and records of harvested oysters, trafficking poached oysters and obstructing justice between 2004 and 2007, and all but one of the defendants was charged with conspiracy.
Thomas and Todd Reeves, oyster fishermen who owned oyster harvesting business Reeves Brothers in Port Norris, employed a third defendant, Renee Reeves. Owner-operator Kenneth W Bailey was involved as well, Fishman said.
Agencies streamline oyster farm permits
Published 08/16/11

BALTIMORE — It’s going to get a little bit easier to start an oyster farm in Maryland.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the state Department of Natural Resources now have a joint state-federal permit application for potential oyster farmers. As well, the Army Corps will issue many oyster farm approvals under a new blanket permit.
New oyster farms of up to 50 acres on the bay bottom, 5 acres of cages on the bottom or 3 acres of floating cages or trays will qualify under the new permit.
The state has attempted to boost aquaculture as an attempt to revive both the Chesapeake Bay’s struggling oyster industry as well as the oysters themselves.
Oyster farmers focus on future
LAWMAKER HONORED:DPP Legislator Tien Chiu-chin was made an ‘honorary oyster farmer’ for her help in fighting Kuokuang Petrochemical’s planned naphtha cracker
By Lee I-chia / Staff Reporter
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West coast oyster farmers gathered at the legislature yesterday for a one-day national oyster farming summit meeting to discuss sustainability in the coastal seafood farming industry.
The summit came more than three months after the controversial Kuokuang Petrochemical Co naphtha cracker project at the Dacheng Wetlands in Changhua County was halted in late April.
Changhua Environmental Protection Union president Shy Yueh-Ing said support from many people from various walks of life and their creative methods had helped defeat the Kuokuang Petrochemical project.
Scottish Shellfish Farm Production Survey 2010
16 Aug 2011
Scotland's Chief Statistician has published the Scottish Shellfish Farm Production Survey 2010, which provides information on production and employment.

It is structured to follow industry trends within the mussel, Pacific oyster, native oyster and scallop sectors. Some statistics are given for the 20-year period 1990-2010.
The main findings are:
Production tonnage of mussels increased by 14% in 2010 to 7,199t. This increase shows continuing growth in the sector
Production tonnage of Pacific oyster increased by 4% to 2,900t in 2010. This follows fluctuating production over the past six years. Native oyster production decreased from 39t in 2009 to 28t
In 2010 king and queen scallop production increased by 83% and 33% respectively from the 2009 total, targeting a small niche market
Employment in the shellfish industry increased from 345 in 2009 to 399 in 2010 (a rise of 16%), demonstrating continuing interest and growth of the industry
The survey is complied from data collected directly from authorised fish farming companies.
Official statistics are produced by professionally independent staff.
Flood relief flows to oyster industry
Posted August 12, 2011 15:01:26
Oyster farmers in every estuary from the Manning to Nambucca are breathing easier after the release of Federal Government flood assistance funds.

Flooding in mid-June caused significant stock and infrastructure losses across the region.
Brandon Armstrong, from Armstrong Oysters in Laurieton, says farmers sustained up to $1 million worth of damage.
Mr Armstrong says the relief funding will come in handy as summer approaches.
"Well in general it's really welcome news," he said.
"A lot of farmers ... had a lot of damage to their rafts and losses of stock.
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Oyster farmers question de-salination plant
By Timothy Jeanes
The impact of BHP-Billiton's proposed de-salination plant will be among the talking points when oyster farmers gather in Cowell today.

The two-day S-A Oyster Industry Seminar will include an overview of changes to the Aquaculture Act.
Industry Association president Bruce Zippel says the potential dangers of the desalination plant are one of the big issues facing local growers:
"It is something that really has to be explained clearly and what the likely effects are," he said.
"We honestly don't know and it's difficult to really know because you have some scientists saying one thing and other scientists saying another - but what we don't want to see is the grass roots industry hurt."
Big Thursday celebrates evolution of Bowers Beach
By Sarika Jagtiani, Staff Writer Dover Post
Posted Aug 10, 2011 @ 02:44 PM

Dover, Del. —
When writer J. Thomas Scharf visited Bowers Beach in 1877, he found more than 3,000 people celebrating the oyster harvest on Big Thursday. People of all ages from across the county enjoyed the violin and danced. The writer saw them “renewing old acquaintances, and forming new ones,” he said in “History of Delaware.”
Harvesting restrictions and disease has caused the town’s oyster industry to lose its luster since then, but not its conviviality and sense of community. Those will be on display at the fourth annual revival of Big Thursday this Sunday in North Bowers Beach.
The revival was spearheaded four years ago by the Bowers Beach Maritime Museum. Since then it’s grown into a festival for residents to hobnob and for visitors to meet the cast of characters that inhabits the sleepy town.
Farmed Oyster Sales Up 34% In Virginia
by Cory Nealon, The Daily Press
Posted: Thursday, August 4, 2011 at 3:24PM EDT

Virginia’s oyster aquaculture industry continued to expand rapidly last year as farmers reported a 34 percent increase in sales of the Chesapeake Bay delicacy.
Farmers sold a record 16.9 million oysters in 2010, according to a new report from the Virginia Institute of Marine Science in Gloucester Point. That’s up from 12.6 million in 2009 and 20 times the 800,000 sold in 2005.
The expansion is due to the development of a fast-growing, disease-resistant oyster seed that is sold by several hatcheries on the Middle Peninsula and Northern Neck. Also, farmers have adopted more sophisticated practices, including placing oysters in cages and floats that protect the mollusks from predators.
Pearler of an opportunity
05 Aug, 2011 04:00 AM

Northern Rivers Catchment Management Authority board members and staff had an insight into the Hastings River oyster industry.
NSW Farmers’ Association Oyster Committee member Mark Bulley said the oyster industry was committed to protecting the aquatic habitat, not only for its own interests, but for all recreational users.
“We are sentinels of the waterways and the best ally these coastal communities have in as far as monitoring water quality,” Mr Bulley said.
Oyster aquaculture on upswing in Virginia
by Janet Krenn, VIMS | August 1, 2011

Virginia’s oyster aquaculture industry is poised to begin its biggest growth spurt ever, according to a report from Virginia Institute of Marine Science and Virginia Sea Grant. In 2010, oyster growers sold over 16 million oysters worth more than $5 million. Growers surveyed expect to sell nearly twice as many oysters in 2011. Following years could increase further, as growers planted three times more oyster seed in 2010 than ever before.
The expansion of the oyster industry in Virginia is mainly attributed to the increase of more intensive aquaculture practices that protect the grower’s investment. For example, using oyster seed developed in the hatchery at VIMS has reduced the impact of disease while improving meat quality. At the same time, growers have been taking measures to reduce predation on oysters by growing oysters in protective cages and floats.
“Basically, these practices make it possible for growers to plant more oysters upfront and then have more oysters alive to harvest the next year, when the animals mature,” says Karen Hudson, Shellfish Aquaculture Specialist at VIMS and co-author of the report.
Steve Marie

Steve "Moose" Jerome Marie, 76, a native and resident of Terrebonne Parish, died at 12:37 p.m. Wednesday, July 27, 2011.
Visitation will be from 6 to 9 p.m. Sunday at Chauvin Funeral Home and from 9 a.m. to funeral time Monday at Annunziata Catholic Church. Mass will be held at 11 a.m. Monday at the church, with burial in Our Lady of the Most Holy Rosary Cemetery.
He is survived by his wife of 49 years, Peggy Blanchard Marie of Houma, one son, Bryan Marie of Houma; one grandchild, Hunter Marie of Houma; two sisters, Sybil Marcel and friend, Gary Matherne, and Otonia Johnson and husband, Timith; three brothers, Oneil Marie Jr. and wife, Beverly, Russell Marie and friend, Irma Hebert, and Leslie Marie and wife, Sandi; mother-in-law, Hattie Blanchard; foster-daughter, Ina Fitch; three foster grandchildren, five foster-great- grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews; and one brother-in-law, Cyrus Marcel.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Oneil Marie and Edna Foret Marie; sister-in-law, Joy Marie; and father-in-law, Robert J. Blanchard.
He was a parishioner of Annunziata Catholic Church. He was a Game Warden for 12 years and managed Samanie Packaging for three years. He moved to the Oyster processing business and was the owner of PBS, Inc. for 25 years. He served in the U.S. Army as an MP during peacetime where he was stationed in Germany. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus and VFW.
To send condolences please visit .
Chauvin Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Norwalk Readies for Oyster Festival
Events for the 34th annual event are taking shape.
By Susan Silvers

You can explore the environment, take in energetic entertainment and enjoy edibles at the Norwalk Seaport Association’s annual Oyster Festival, which this year takes place Sept. 9-11 in Veterans Park.
The association has announced plans for a weekend of excitement for young and old—whether from the immediate vicinity or farther away—as it has each year since 1978.
“It is a great opportunity for the Seaport Association to celebrate Norwalk’s Maritime history,” said Carolyn Ripp, a spokeswoman for the group. She also noted that it helps local non-profit organizations raise money through their food booths.
Virginia rejects bid for large Chesapeake Bay oyster farm
By Cory Nealon
11:30 a.m. EDT, July 27, 2011

A watermen’s cooperative suffered a setback Tuesday when state regulators denied most of its application to grow oysters in a Chesapeake Bay tributary.
The Oyster Company of Virginia, which includes a dozen watermen, received permission to set oyster cages on about 15 acres in Lloyd’s Bay (also known as Floyd’s Bay) in the Poquoson River.
The company requested an additional 115 acres, but that was rejected by the Virginia Marine Resources Commission, which is concerned the operation could imperil boaters and upset the tranquility of a nearby suburban neighborhood.
“It does present a lot of issues of concern,” said Ben Stagg of the commission’s habitat management division.,0,932876.story?track=rss
Herpes virus kills half of this year's oysters
Wednesday, July 27, 2011, 23:40 (GMT + 9)

A persistent and deathly virus has managed to kill half of France’s oysters this year, the government informed. Oyster production has dropped by 30 per cent due to this very aggressive form of herpes.
The virus -- Ostreid Herpesvirus 1, or OsHV-1 – has been attacking shellfish farms for the past three seasons with mortality rates of 27 per cent to 90 per cent on France’s Mediterranean and Atlantic coasts, read a Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries alert dated this week.
France’s Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries believes the country will be able to restock its supply of Pacific oysters (Crassostrea gigas) within four or five years.
Sewerage system not favourable
Ute Schulenberg | 28th July 2011

BELLINGEN Council has voted to go ahead with a one-size-fits-all low-pressure sewerage system on the remaining 42 Newry Island properties.
The vote was not well received by the 20 residents in the gallery, including two who spoke, or the councillors voting.
As the island’s sewage was listed as one of the possible sources of norovirus which closed the Kalang River to oyster harvesting in 2009, the NSW Food Authority requires remediation work before it will allow the river to be re-opened.
Clams can be simple or complex
By Jody Feinberg GateHouse News Service
Posted Jul 27, 2011 @ 11:26 AM

Jasper White, owner of Summer Shack restaurants and the Fish Market in Hingham, Mass., said he thinks few foods taste better than steamers and fried clams.
Yet, that doesn’t mean there aren’t plenty of other wonderful ways to eat clams.
“Soft shell clams are one of nature’s perfect foods, yet they’re kind of two dimensional,” said White, who recently opened a new restaurant in Dedham, Mass.
N.J.'s tall ship visits Atlantic City on her way to Cape May
Written by Sue Marino
Wednesday, 27 July 2011 12:24

ATLANTIC CITY - As the A.J. Meerwald was gently snugged into her slip at Gardner's Basin Monday afternoon, one quick glance gave a picture of two different worlds as the circa 1928 oyster schooner quietly slid past the Borgata, the Water Club and Harrah's casinos.
The Meerwald was relaunched in 1989 after being restored by the Bayshore Discovery Project. It took nearly a decade long of work to bring her back from years of neglect.
In 1998 then Gov. Christine Whitman declared the A.J. Meerwald the official tall ship of New Jersey.
Meghan Wren is president of the BSDP and the original thrust behind the effort to restore the schooner when she was working part time in Bivalve; part of Commercial Township in Cumberland County.
Are You a Banker or a Gambler?
Or, how troubling is ocean acidification?
Jennifer Langston on July 27, 2011 at 10:00 am

Not every commercial fisherman is convinced that curbing carbon emissions is necessary to stop global warming. But the evidence that fossil fuel pollution is making the oceans more corrosive—and removing building basic building blocks of the marine world—starts to get their attention.
In Alaska, commercial fishing supports one-sixth of the state’s economy and employs 70,000 people in high season, more than any other basic industry. Mark Vinsel, the executive director of United Fishermen of Alaska, the state’s largest commercial fishing organization, last year ranked his concerns about ocean acidification this way:
I’d say probably on a scale of 1 to 10, it would be 20 or 30.
If you sliced open the bellies of our most popular eating fish, at one point in their life cycle you would probably find krill, plankton, oceanic snails or other shelled creatures—the kinds of species likely to run into trouble as the oceans absorb more carbon dioxide from burning fossil fuels and other industrial processes.
Aug. 30 training in Baytown to focus on Cedar Bayou
Training to address issues regarding water quality
July 27, 2011
By: Paul Schattenberg

BAYTOWN – A Texas Watershed Steward workshop addressing water quality issues related to the Cedar Bayou watershed will be held from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. on Aug. 30 at the Baytown Community Center, 2407 Market St. in Baytown.
The workshop is free and seating will be limited, so participants are encouraged to pre-register at .
The Texas Watershed Steward program is sponsored by the Texas AgriLife Extension Service and the Texas State Soil and Water Conservation Board in coordination with the Houston-Galveston Area Council.
Wednesday, Jul. 27, 2011
Leasing allowed in oyster sanctuaries
by JESSE YEATMAN, Staff writer

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources is preparing to open up areas within newly established oyster sanctuaries for aquaculture leasing.
More information should be available soon, said Mike Naylor, DNR shellfish program director, that will let watermen and others lay claim to waters within the state’s thousands of sanctuary acres. The state has pushed to shift the dwindling oyster harvest from public bars to aquaculture, in which watermen grow their own oysters, either on the water’s bottom or in floating cages.
“A lot of our sanctuaries already have leases in them,” Naylor said. Existing leases, like two within the St. Mary’s River, were grandfathered into an oyster management plan that went into effect last year.
A change in law this year will allow for new leases within certain areas of oyster sanctuaries.
Md. to accept new oyster aquaculture lease applications Aug. 1
First Posted: July 21, 2011 - 5:44 pm Last Updated: July 21, 2011 - 5:44 pm

ANNAPOLIS, Md. — Maryland will begin taking applications for new aquaculture leases in oyster sanctuaries next month.
The Department of Natural Resources announced Thursday that it will begin taking applications Aug. 1. DNR officials say oyster aquaculture will help restoration efforts and Chesapeake Bay water quality by creating additional habitat for oysters, whose filter feeding cleans bay water. And leaseholders will have a natural interest in improving water quality because of their investment of time and money.
The leases are part of a state effort to restore the oyster population by putting 25 percent of oyster reefs off limits to harvesting and increasing sanctuaries and aquaculture. Leases will be prohibited within 150 feet of historic oyster bars and limited to 10 percent of sanctuary acreage. Critics say the plan will threaten watermen's incomes.
Second Art Stroll takes over North Water Street
By CK Wolfson
July 27, 2011

Music, refreshments, socializing, and taking in the creative efforts of talented professionals; the second Art Stroll in Edgartown takes place tonight, Thursday, July 28. Four galleries on North Water Street — Christina, North Water, Eisenhauer, and Willoughby — will be turning the evening of viewing art into a festive as well as culturally rich occasion.
All the participating galleries are displaying new exhibitions. Art by new as well as familiar artists will be making their debuts, and the featured artists form an unusually interesting group, each with an impressive resume. A sampling of those whose work is being shown demonstrates that fact.
North Water Gallery will present Deborah Bays, a native of Nashville, Tenn., formally trained on the violin and viola, who spent close to 30 years as a professional theatrical costume designer. Her pastel still lifes, typically fruit and flowers, express feelings that takes the viewer beyond the representational images.
Five million oysters for Chesapeake Bay

Arlington ( Five million baby oysters, or spat, have been planted by the Nature Conservancy and Oyster Recovery Partnership in a state designated oyster sanctuary within Maryland’s Harris Creek. The goal of the project is to improve habitat for fish, local water quality and help to rebuild oyster populations in the Chesapeake Bay.
“Oysters are a key piece of what makes our Chesapeake Bay so special,” said Mark Bryer, director of the Chesapeake Bay Program for The Nature Conservancy. “Maryland has implemented one of the most progressive plans for restoring native oysters in the world by establishing zones in the Chesapeake Bay for aquaculture, zones for sanctuaries, and the wild caught fishery by balancing the needs of the local economy and the environment we are able to restore the native species and all their benefits while supporting bay watermen.”
The Chesapeake Bay is the largest estuary in the United States. More than 150 rivers and streams drain into the Bay, and it comprises 64,000 square miles (170,000 square kilometers) of bays, marshes and rivers. Over 300 species of fish and numerous shellfish and crab species either migrate to the Bay at some point during the year or live there year round. The Bay is known for its seafood production, especially blue crabs, clams and oysters.
27 July 2011 Last updated at 07:30 ET
Exploration around Ullapool confirms important species
Exploration of the seas around Ullapool has helped confirm the presence of some of Scotland's important marine wildlife features.

The study was carried out by marine biologists from Heriot-Watt University's School of Life Sciences and Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH).
They charted the presence, condition and extent of a number of Priority Marine Features (PMFs)
This was a validation survey of the features of the Ullapool Approaches.
The scientists looked in Loch Broom, Little Loch Broom, Loch Gairloch, Loch Ewe, Gruinard Bay and the Summer Isles.
In Little Loch Broom a bed of the coral-like algae maerl was identified as one of the richest examples of the habitat in this part of Scotland.
Humboldt County Supervisors pass budget, approve Headwaters grant to study mariculture expansion
Thadeus Greenson/The Times-Standard
Posted: 07/27/2011 02:10:11 AM PDT

The Humboldt County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously Tuesday to approve a tight budget that spreads cuts across most departments but staves off any major reductions to the Sheriff's Office...
The subcommittee is expected to keep apprised of realignment efforts and funding, as well as other issues.
In other matters, the board voted unanimously to approve a $200,000 grant from the Headwaters Fund to the Humboldt Bay Harbor, Recreation and Conservation District for a project seeking to expand mariculture in Humboldt Bay. The project, according to staff, is designed to help the oyster farming industry grow within the bay by helping it conduct pre-permitting studies.
Smith said he believes there is room to expand the industry but cautioned that it has to be done in a way that doesn't negatively impact other bay-dependent industries, recreational opportunities or wildlife.
Professor wants others on board as he probes watermen's heritage
Shore native works on database that chronicles history
Jul 27, 2011

JUSTICEVILLE -- Paul Ewell spends a lot of his spare time mucking around in remote guts on Virginia's Eastern Shore, trying to track down decaying hulls of the old wooden boats that are integral to the region's heritage.
"We started on the bayside two summers ago and worked around to the seaside," said Ewell.
Ewell and his wife, Sandra, have worked for the last several years to create a computer database to document the history of Virginia's Eastern Shore watermen, including the boats built and used here. But in reality, he has been collecting artifacts and information far longer, for most of his 45 years -- trying to preserve evidence of a way of life that is fast disappearing.
Good bets
Help oysters to again flourish in the Indian River Lagoon by assisting the Nature Conservancy with its oyster mat-making project, scheduled from noon to 2 p.m. Thursday at the Enchanted Forest.

All materials will be provided for the mats, which help "seed" oyster beds in the lagoon.
The sanctuary offers free 45-minute guided nature hikes at 10 a.m. every Saturday.
The sanctuary is at 444 Columbia Blvd. in Titusville. Call 321-264-5185.
Narooma Oyster Festival Regional Awards finalist
27 Jul, 2011 01:45 PM

NAROOMA Oyster Festival has been judged a finalist in the prestigious South Coast Tourism Awards.
The festival is one of just four local enterprises to be among the 44 finalists for 2011.
The Bodalla Dairy Shed, Beachcomber Holiday Park and Tuross Boatshed Café have also been selected as finalists in categories including Restaurants and Catering and Excellence in Sustainable Tourism.
Narooma Chamber of Commerce Mark Anderson said the nomination as ‘best festival or event’ was a real boost to the Oyster Festival committee, with members still recovering from the effort of pulling together such a large event.
Dirty Jobs Episodes
"Dirtiest Water Jobs". This ninth episode of season two, entitled "Dirtiest Water Jobs" sees Rowe harvesting oysters from the ocean. Rowe tries his best, but fails pretty hilariously at walking through the knee-high mud, constantly getting stuck and having to be rescued by his co-workers. Rowe doesn't even manage to get one oyster, which really drives home how hard this thank-less job is.
QX disease found in Kalang oysters
26 Jul, 2011 02:34 PM

They have come through seven floods in two years, been hit by septic pollution of the river, now Kalang River oyster growers have to contend with QX disease.
The NSW Department of Primary Industries (DPI) already has quarantined the movement of oysters to other estuaries.
A spokesperson for the Department told the Courier-Sun that the DPI was working with Bellinger/Kalang oyster farmers “to manage a recent outbreak of the Sydney rock oyster disease, QX”.
Gas mining not a ‘greeny’ issue
27 Jul, 2011 11:16 AM

GREENS mining spokesman Jeremy Buckingham toured the Great Lakes and Manning Valley last week to discuss his proposed moratorium on Coal Seam Gas Mining with concerned residents. The visit was part of a 3000 kilometre journey where Mr Buckingham visited mining and proposed mining areas throughout Australia.
Mr Buckingham is promoting the Greens proposed 12 month moratorium on coal seam gas mining which is currently moving through the Upper House of Federal Parliament....
He also pointed out that a clean water supply was essential for the area’s aquaculture industries.
“Those aquaculture industries like fishing and oyster farming also rely on a clean water supply and cannot afford a short term rush for further mining interests affect their long term viability.
Want to buy pearl? Be on your guard
Wednesday, 27 July 2011 03:58
By Fazeena Saleem

DOHA: Some pearl sellers in the Gold Souq area are taking customers for a ride as they are passing off imported cultured pearls for the highly valued Qatari pearls to unsuspecting and gullible buyers, specially tourists.
“Customers should be very careful in distinguishing the cultured ones from genuine pearls so that they are not duped,” said a trader.
In particular, they cautioned Westerners to be careful while looking for natural Qatari pearls as some traders could exploit their gullibility – selling them cultured pearls from other countries.
Gulf oil spill victims weary of wait for payouts
8:07 PM, Jul 26, 2011
Written by USA Today

NEW ORLEANS - Robert Campo once believed the TV commercials by oil giant BP that promised to "make it right" and compensate those along the Gulf Coast who lost work during last year's disastrous oil spill.
More than a year after the spill ruined his oyster beds, however, Campo is still waiting for what he believes is full payment. The $20 billion fund created by BP to compensate those ruined by the spill has offered him less than one-third of what he requested. He's still waiting to hear why.
"I'm not looking for a handout. I'm just looking for them to make right what they did wrong," says Campo, an oyster fisherman from St. Bernard Parish, La. "It's taken way too long."
Wildlife and Fisheries Commission to meet
3:56 PM, Jul. 26, 2011

The Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission will meet at 9:30 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 4, in the Louisiana Room at the Wildlife and Fisheries Building, 2000 Quail Drive in Baton Rouge.

This the agenda for the meeting:
1. Roll Call
2. Approval of Minutes of July 7, 2011
3. Commission Special Announcements/Personal Privilege
4. To consider changes to Notice of Intent on the Calcasieu Lake Oyster Harvester Permit
Chesapeake Bay 'dead zone' grows
Jul 26, 2011
Written by The Washington Post

A giant underwater "dead zone" in the Chesapeake Bay is growing at an alarming rate because of unusually high nutrient pollution levels this year, according to Virginia and Maryland officials.
They said the expanding area of oxygen-starved water is on track to become the bay's largest ever.
This year's Chesapeake Bay dead zone covers a third of the bay, stretching from the Baltimore Harbor to the bay's mid-channel region in the Potomac River, about 83 miles, when it was last measured in late June. It has since expanded beyond the Potomac into Virginia, officials said.
Tuesday ,Jul 26,2011, Posted at: 13:12(GMT+7)
Acute shortage of shrimps for export
The seafood processing business is presently facing an acute shortage of shrimps and currently operating at only 40 percent capacity in the southernmost province of Ca Mau.
By staff writers – Translated by Hai Mien

Ly Van Thuan, general secretary of Seafood Processing and Export Association in the province stated yesterday that processing plants in and outside the province were scrambling to buy more shrimps to meet export targets. Now, this acute shortage has sky-rocketed the price of shrimps by VND60, 000-70,000 a kilogram.
In related news, the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development in the province revealed that the Perkinsus parasite was the cause of the massive dead oyster culch in the province recently. Farmers have now been asked to halt breeding and wind up the present harvest.
Ca Mau Province has so far suffered 413 hectares of dead oyster culch, causing damages of VND30 billion (US$1, 4 million).
'It could wipe me out': John Lindsay
26 Jul, 2011 02:35 PM

“It could wipe us out,” said the biggest oyster grower on the Kalang River, John Lindsay. “It will be at least three years before we can grow QX resistant oysters to maturity.”
“The loss will be 100,000 dozen oysters and even the QX resistant oysters we now have are dying,” he said. “They are resistant to QX, not immune to it.”
Mr Lindsay said he would have to lay off his four staff and he will work in the Oyster and Fresh Seafood shop on the highway at North Urunga.
From the Bay, For The Bay

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) announced today the restaurants participating in the week-long celebration, From the Bay, For the Bay Dine Out, to promote Maryland seafood, with a portion of the proceeds benefiting the Oyster Recovery Partnership. Some of the restaurants include Clyde's, Hank's Oyster Bar, DC Coast, McCormick & Schmick's, Matchbox, and Equinox.
“From the Bay, For the Bay is a wonderful opportunity to showcase the incredible bounty our State has to offer,” said Governor Martin O’Malley. “By connecting our restaurants with local Maryland seafood, we are protecting our natural resources while creating and saving jobs.”
The promotion will run October 2-9, 2011, with more than 200 restaurants already committed to participate. DNR anticipates that more than 300 total restaurants will take part in the celebration.
Thousands enjoy Whitstable Oyster Festival
Monday, July 25 2011

Bumper crowds flocked to Whitstable for one of the biggest Oyster Festivals on record.
People from all over the country and abroad descended on the seaside town to enjoy a variety of entertainment, music, food, demonstrations and of course oysters.
The annual oyster eating competition was hailed a huge success as was the ceremonial landing of the oysters and the tug of war.
Jennifer Husko ( ) - 7/25/11 04:15 pm
Last Updated - 7/25/11 04:30 pm

ATLANTIC CITY- A big piece of South Jersey's maritime history sailed into Atlantic City Monday and passenger by passenger, they hope to connect everyone to the past.
The A.J. Meerwald, New Jersey's Official Tall Ship, sailed into Gardner's Basin Monday afternoon.
The authentically restored Delaware Bay oyster schooner, built back in 1928 used to set sail from Atlantic City and will once again, because she is docked for a full week stay. "Well, we're thrilled to come to Gardner's Basin... it's a port that has a history with commercial fishing, actually one of the ports A.J. Meerwald sailed from when she was a clammer�she always worked for a living, now she just carries people instead of oysters," explained Meghan Wren, Executive Director of the Bayshore Discover Project.
AZTI assesses mussel harvesting in open sea
Tuesday, July 26, 2011, 01:40 (GMT + 9)

AZTI-Tecnalia technological centre is undertaking a number of scientific analyses on the technical and socioeconomic viability and on the markets in order to evaluate the possibility of implementing efforts, such as implanting marine aquaculture devices offshore.
This initiative would be helpful for the diversification in fishing activities in the marine environment considering the growing demand in the international market of bivalves (mussels, oysters, scallops and clams).
Researchers are studying mainly the mussel (Mytilus sp.) and the flat oyster (Ostrea sp.).
Oyster fishers call for more enhancement work
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CBC News Posted: Jul 25, 2011 7:50 AM AT Last Updated: Jul 25, 2011 7:50 AM AT

The number of Island fishermen harvesting wild oysters has been on the decline, leading many to call for more investment in the industry.
There are about 400 Island fishermen actively harvesting wild oysters — a number which has dropped over the last few years from about 750.
Many fishermen say it's simply getting tough to make a decent living: prices are down and many fishers aren't getting as high quality of oysters.
Maryland retirees to plant home-grown oysters in Patuxent RiverTHE ASSOCIATED PRESS
First Posted: July 25, 2011 - 12:45 am
Last Updated: July 25, 2011 - 12:45 am

SOLOMONS, Md. — Retirees on Solomons Island are helping boost the Chesapeake Bay's oyster population.
Oysters raised in cages beneath a community pier will be moved Tuesday morning onto a man-made reef built into a breakwater near the campus of the Asbury-Solomons Island retirement community. Organizers say many of the retirees have watched the decline of the bay's oyster population over the years and want to protect them for future generations.
The retirement community raised the oysters in partnership with the Southern Maryland Oyster Cultivation Society. The reef near the retirement community is one of eight the organization maintains.
GIVING BACK TO NATURE: Building an oyster reef requires plenty of volunteer manpower
July 22, 2011 12:30 PM
Elaine Khoo, Destin Log Contributor

Volunteer Viyi Wells, a weapons development scientist, came out last Saturday, wanting to “give back to nature.” She had seen a flyer posted around her office, and since she enjoyed the beach, she decided what better way to give back than to volunteer.
Despite heavy rains last Saturday, more than a dozen volunteers turned out to the South Walton campus of Northwest Florida State College to help with the growing oyster reef.
The volunteers, along with Choctawhatchee Basin Alliance workers, shoveled and bagged fossilized oysters for about two hours in the rain. The oyster bags that the volunteers worked on will make their way to Choctawhatchee Bay to be added to the growing oyster reef near Point Washington.
Getting back the wild oyster
July 24, 2011|By Necee Regis, Globe Correspondent

“In the 1960s, there were a thousand bushels of oysters out here,’’ said Bob Prescott, director of Mass Audubon’s Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary. He spreads his arms wide and turns.
We are standing on sand flats off the western edge of Lieutenant Island in Wellfleet Bay, and I’m trying hard to imagine such a thing. I see sand in every direction, an undulating toast-colored landscape punctuated by shimmery pools of tidal water reflecting the periwinkle sky.
A dozen of us cluster around Prescott. We are on an Oyster Reef Tour, hoping to learn about the history of wild oysters on the Outer Cape and to observe the reef restoration experiments launched in 2009 by Mass Audubon, The Nature Conservancy, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. The project aims to restore a section of an oyster reef that once extended from Boston through New York down into Chesapeake Bay. (The famous Wellfleet oysters of today are farmed on grants in other parts of the bay.)
Md. to accept new oyster aquaculture applications
by Associated Press | Jul 22, 2011 11:00 AM ET

ANNAPOLIS, Md. — Maryland will begin taking applications for new aquaculture leases in oyster sanctuaries next month.
The Department of Natural Resources announced Thursday that it will begin taking applications Aug. 1. DNR officials say oyster aquaculture will help restoration efforts and Chesapeake Bay water quality by creating additional habitat for oysters, whose filter feeding cleans bay water. And leaseholders will have a natural interest in improving water quality because of their investment of time and money.
The leases are part of a state effort to restore the oyster population by putting 25 percent of oyster reefs off limits to harvesting and increasing sanctuaries and aquaculture. Leases will be prohibited within 150 feet of historic oyster bars and limited to 10 percent of sanctuary acreage. Critics say the plan will threaten watermen's incomes.
Taylor Shellfish Celebrates Grand Opening Today
By Hanna Raskin Thu., Jul. 21 2011 at 7:00 AM

Taylor Shellfish Farm today celebrates the grand opening of its retail location at Melrose Market, an expansion that coincides with increased consumer interest in shellfish.
According to a report in Nation's Restaurant News, overall seafood consumption in restaurants has been on the decline since 2007. But purchases of raw, grilled, baked, and broiled fish and shellfish are on the upswing: Sushi sales were up 4 percent last year.
"The growth in non-fried seafood servings suggests consumers are making health-conscious decisions in their seafood selections," an industry analyst told the paper. Seafood promoter Jon Rowley, who works with Taylor Shellfish, suspects environmental concerns may also be contributing to the growing popularity of clams, mussels, and oysters, which are frequently served raw, roasted, or steamed.
Bioengineered oyster reefs top $60 million in coastal projects announced by Gov. Bobby Jindal
Published: Thursday, July 21, 2011, 8:00 AM
By Mark Schleifstein, The Times-Picayune

Construction of 21 miles of bioengineered oyster reefs in Jefferson, Plaquemines and St. Bernard parishes tops a list of $60 million in projects that the state wants to build with unused money from the federal Coastal Impact Assistance Program, Gov. Bobby Jindal announced Wednesday.
The money comes from other Coastal Impact Assistance Program projects that have been completed for less than budgeted or whose construction has been delayed by the Army Corps of Engineers, Jindal said during a news conference in Thibodeaux. The reallocations must still be approved by the Department of Interior’s Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement.
“Rather than continue to wait on the corps of engineers, we are pleased that we can now prioritize $60 million to immediately begin work on new projects,” Jindal said in a statement released after the news conference. “After four hurricanes in three years and the BP oil spill, it is imperative that we do everything we can to restore our coast and get to work on hurricane protection projects that will help lessen the impact of future storms.”
One year after Gulf of Mexico oil spill, Collins family tries to hang onto 90-year-old oyster business
Published: Sunday, June 26, 2011, 1:00 AM Updated: Monday, June 27, 2011, 10:15 AM
By Brett Anderson, The Times-Picayune

Nick Collins pulled a dredge up alongside his oyster boat, numbly resigned to finding his worst fears realized.
"I knew there were going to be dead oysters, " he said after emptying a load of shells onto a metal work table at the bow of the Broad & Tracy, the largest of his family's three-boat fleet. "It's still sad."
Collins ran a dull knife through a pile large enough to fill the trunk of a fuel-efficient sedan. After several minutes of rooting around, occasionally pausing to inspect an oyster or clam shell with his gloved hand, Collins was able to unearth only two live oysters. That meager catch, however, was not the main cause of his disappointment.
It had taken Collins 3 1/2 hours to arrive at Snail Bay, which on a map sits roughly halfway between Port Sulphur, the industrial town on the west bank of the Mississippi River, and Golden Meadow, the village on Bayou Lafourche where most of the Collins family has lived for generations and his starting point for this mid-May excursion.
ARS Food and Nutrition Research Briefs Issued
By Kim Kaplan
July 20, 2011

A study showing that Escherichia coli is not likely to contaminate field-grown leafy greens internally is among the new nutrition and health findings noted in the newest issue of the Agricultural Research Service (ARS) Food and Nutrition Research Briefs and its Spanish-language edition (Informe de investigaciones de alimentos y nutrición).
The popular online newsletter reports discoveries from researchers at ARS laboratories nationwide.
Among other findings, the current issue reports that:
Spinach leaves exposed to continuous light during storage were more nutritionally dense than leaves exposed to continuous dark.
Hamsters had lower cholesterol when they were fed rations spiked with blueberry peels and other blueberry-juice-processing leftovers.
A new technique could decontaminate clams, mussels, and oysters of viruses while protecting the mollusks' flavor, texture, and color.
Wilson Paul Voisin Sr.
Wilson Paul Voisin Sr., 88, a native and resident of Theriot, died peacefully at 7:55 p.m. Monday, June 27, 2011, surrounded by his loving family.
Visitation will be from 9 a.m. to funeral time Thursday at St. Eloi Catholic Church. Mass will be held at 11:30 a.m. Thursday at the church, with interment in the church cemetery.
He is survived by his wife of 69 years, Annie Laura Voisin; four children, Mary Linda Martinez and husband, Jesse, Maxine Theriot and husband, Roland, Wilson Voisin Jr. and wife, Charlotte, and Jo Ann Hidding; 12 grandchildren, Kelly Larson, Mark Martinez, Rhonda Robertson, Denice Arceneaux, Jason Theriot, Tonia Guidry, Toby Voisin, Jennie Ancar, Chantelle Lovell, Elizabeth Lirette, Gene Hidding Jr. and Angela Hidding; 25 great-grandchildren, Lindsay Dugas, Allie Breaux, Brett Robertson, Eve Robertson, Neal Eschete, Lee Arceneaux Jr., Brad Arceneaux, Brian Arceneaux, Kylie Theriot, Emily Theriot, Samantha Theriot, Tori Guidry, Katelyn Guidry, Whitney Voisin, Emily Voisin, Jacob Voisin, Malcolm LaCoste III, Rachel Ancar, Torri Ancar, Brooke Lovell, Bree Lovell, Darrin Lirette Jr., Mitchell Lirette, Bailey Lirette and Coen Hidding; and six great-great-grandchildren, Blythe Hebert, Ryleigh Hebert, Julian Eschete, Ava Eschete, Aidan Arceneaux and Gabe Ledet.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Leonce Voisin Jr. and Pauline LeBouef Voisin; and his siblings, Albert, Calvin, Eustis, Irvin, Julius, and Norris Voisin, Mable Champagne, Vivian LaCoste and Eva Voisin.
He was a parishioner of St. Eloi Catholic Church. He was a member of one of the Pioneer families of Terrebonne Parish. His ancestor Jean Voisin came to Louisiana from France in the early 1780's. He was the sixth generation in the oyster business, a legacy he passed on to his children and grandchildren. He was a loving husband, father and grandfather. He will be sadly missed by family and friends.
Richard Omes Sr.
OMES Richard "Pops", "Ripper" Omes, Sr. passed away Friday, July 8, 2011. He was a native of New Orleans, LA, where he was an oyster fisherman all of his life. Richard was preceded in death by parents: Robert and Vera; his son, Robert; and brother, Joseph Robert Omes. He is survived by son, Richard Omes Jr. (Cindy); two grandchildren: Kyle Omes and Tanya White; and two great-grandchildren; also his sister, Nonnie Wallace; one niece and three nephews. Family and friends are invited to the visitation Tuesday, July 12th, 2011 beginning at 9:00 AM followed with a Catholic Service at 1:00 PM in the chapel of Jacob Schoen and Son Funeral Home, New Orleans. Burial will be in St. Louis #3 cemetery.
Mississippi oyster harvest could be lost
Oystermen, processors and restaurants who enjoy local catch wait in agony
updated 7/16/2011 3:58:49 PM ET

PASS CHRISTIAN, Miss. — Mississippi oystermen can't seem to catch a break.
Over the years, the industry has been damaged by Hurricane Katrina, cheap imports, high gas prices and the perception Gulf oysters weren't safe to eat because of the BP oil spill.
Now, the upcoming harvest season may be lost. Oysters, which thrive in salt water, are dying in large numbers because of the fresh water that poured in from spillways opened to take pressure off levees protecting cities from the rising Mississippi River this summer.
The oyster harvest, which usually runs from October to April, could be restricted or canceled altogether to give the oysters a chance to recover.
Recipe: Hotel Mac Oysters Rockefeller
Recipe courtesy of Hotel Mac, Point Richmond
Posted: 07/19/2011 12:01:00 PM PDT
Hotel Mac Oysters Rockefeller

Makes 24
Green sauce:
1 cup chopped, fresh spinach
1 medium shallot
Juice of 1/2 lemon
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1/4 teaspoon white pepper
1/2 kosher salt
1 cup sour cream
8 egg yolks
1/2 cup cold water
8 tablespoons butter, melted
Juice of 1/2 lemon
Pinch each cayenne and kosher salt
24 live Blue Point oysters
About 6 tablespoons butter
1/2 cup breadcrumbs
1. Prepare the green sauce by puréeing all the sauce ingredients, except the sour cream, in a food processor. Blend into sour cream. Set aside.
2. For the Hollandaise, place egg yolks and water in the top of a double boiler over simmering water and whisk until light yellow. Add butter in small pieces, a bit at a time, until it is all incorporated and the consistency of soft mayonnaise. Remove from heat and whisk in the lemon juice, cayenne and salt. Keep warm.
3. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Shuck oysters, and loosen in bottom half of shells. Place on a baking sheet. Top each oyster with the green sauce, dividing it equally. Dot with butter. Top with breadcrumbs. Bake 5 minutes.
4. Remove oysters from oven and set oven to broil. Top each oyster with about 1 tablespoon Hollandaise. Return oysters to oven briefly, just until sauce has browned.
-- Hotel Mac, Point Richmond
Leave our goods alone
20 Jul, 2011 09:32 AM
Camden Haven Courier

LOCAL oyster farmers Mick Roelandts and Wendy Crozier were so irate with their most recent experience with theft that they vented their anger by writing a letter to the Courier.
Mick and Wendy are heartily sick and tired of losing oysters through theft. They had over $1,200 worth of oysters stolen last week and say the problem is widespread.
“It’s frustrating and disappointing,” Wendy said. “Losses of this size would have an impact on any local business.”
To everyone who made the Oyster Festival possible -- thank you
Jennifer Koopman/For the Times-Standard
Posted: 07/19/2011 02:40:35 AM PDT

Arcata Main Street and the AMS board of directors would like to thank everyone who made this year's Oyster Festival possible. This annual event was held on June 18 on the Arcata Plaza.
A special thank you to our major sponsors, Blue Lake Casino & Hotel, KAEF Channel 23, the Times-Standard, Lost Coast Communications, KIEM Channel 3, KISS FM & Mix 95.5 FM, Jambalaya, Coast Seafood's and Lost Coast Brewing Co.
We'd also like to thank Mad River Brewing Co., Humboldt Beer Distributors, The Arcata Eye, Arcata Photo Studios, Jacoby's Storehouse, Mazzotti's, Coast Central Credit Union, Umpqua Bank, Pacific Paradise, Humboldt Brews, Pierson's, Humboldt Bay Oyster Co. and Sun Valley Floral Farms. Additional thanks to Plaza Grill, Hotel Arcata, Bon Boniere, The Rocking Horse, Libation, Robert Goodman Winery, KBAE 95.5 FM, Fire & Light, Jitter Bean, and Arcata Liquors.
SinusWars invokes the power of hundred year old broken oyster shells and provides hope for millions of nasal polyp sufferers out there
SinusWars13, the alternative to surgery
(PRWEB) July 19, 2011

Millions of people are suffering with nasal polyps. The time, money and energy that go into trying to cure them could come to a final end with SinusWars13. Surgery is often needed especially if the polyps are blocking the airways, causing congestion or recurrent sinusitis.
Going for nasal surgery can put a person at risk of damaging the olfactory nerve, which could cause a loss of smell and taste. With all these risks it can be extremely frustrating to have nasal polyps grow back a few months after surgery. Treatment is needed that not only shrinks polyps but prevents their recurrence. That treatment exists in SinusWars13. This remedy targets the symptoms as well as cutting off the nutrient supply to the polyps which inevitably causes them to shrink and fall out of the nose.
The combination of homeopathic ingredients within this remedy, all target nasal polyps. One particular ingredient worth mentioning is Calcarea Carbonica.
This is made from hundred year old broken oyster shells and is also known as Carbonate of Lime. The healing power of the ocean seems to have been imparted into this oyster shell. SinusWars uses three variants of Calcarea Carbonica, an extensively proven ingredient that has a marked effect on nasal polyps. This combined with the other ingredients results in one of the best nasal polyp remedy’s out there.
The New Snack of Summer: Fried-Oyster Sliders
July 20, 2011 at 9:15AM by Elizabeth Gunnison

It's a rare and beautiful thing when a restaurant as trendy as New York's The Dutch manages food so good that it is, in all honestly, worth getting that worked up over a dinner reservation. It's a formula that chef and owner Andrew Carmellini honed at sibling eatery Locanda Verde, a place where you might find yourself sitting across from Robert DeNiro while eating lamb meatballs so distractingly fantastic that you barely notice his presence. Now Carmellini's brought that same swagger to American flavors at The Dutch, with a menu that runs the gamut from a light, flavorful beet salad with smoked egg and dill to rib-sticking rabbit pot pie. On a recent visit, though, it was the little oyster sandwich that really stopped me in my tracks: a big, juicy Wellfleet oyster fried crisp and served on a soft bun with a bit of iceberg lettuce and a smear of pickled okra mayo. It's a triumph of summer snackage that'll fit in just as well on your back porch as in the restaurant's clubby back dining room.
Carmellini (or "A.C." to friends) says his inspiration for the sandwich was a New Orleans-style po' boy, shrunk to slider proportions. "I experimented with, like, 20 different ways of frying an oyster, and in the end the best result was also the simplest: just dredging it in cornmeal before frying," says Carmellini. "Also, I learned that the size of the oyster matters. You need big ones, because with the little ones you only taste the breading."
Though Carmellini envisioned the oyster slider as a two-bite dish, he suggests that if you can't find soft slider buns at home, use full-size Martin's potato rolls and load the bun up with 3-4 oysters for a larger sandwich. And if you can't get your hands on Smokra for the sauce, double the quantity of cornichons (those little French pickles) and add 1 teaspoon of Spanish paprika to the recipe.
John Mosca dies at 86; ran popular restaurant near New Orleans
John Mosca's two-room roadhouse was famous for its Italian-style garlicky shrimp, oysters, chicken and marinated crab dishes, served on platters rather than individually.
July 18, 2011|Los Angeles Times staff and wire reports

John Mosca, proprietor of a two-room roadhouse near New Orleans famed for its Italian-style garlicky shrimp, oysters, chicken and marinated crab dishes, has died. He was 86.
Mosca died Wednesday at his home in suburban Harahan, said his daughter, Lisa Mosca. He had prostate cancer.
His parents, Provino and Lisa Mosca, founded Mosca's restaurant in 1946 in the community of Avondale, about half an hour from downtown New Orleans on the west bank of the Mississippi River. They served platters heaped with food rather than individual plates.
The World's Biggest Oyster?
by Sara Bonisteel
on 07/18/11 at 09:00 AM

Over the weekend a friend and I introduced a visiting Austrian to his first raw oyster. We went to a kitschy seafood place in Queens, where the menu didn't describe what type of raw oysters they offered. We ordered a dozen and received a platter of the largest bivalves I'd ever seen. Most were a nearly a foot long, in craggy shells that arched and bent at uncomfortable angles.
The waiter said they were from Washington State, but that was "all he knew." Some informal polling later led me to believe we had supped on Pacific oysters, which according to the Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife can grow up to a foot long.
The oysters had a mild taste. I thought that breaded and fried, they'd be terrific in a po'boy.
I feel kind of sorry for the visiting Austrian. His first raw oyster was the size of a small dinner platter. When he orders them again and gets the much smaller Wellfleets, Kumamotos, and Moonstones, I hope he won't be disappointed.
Bivalve Bash Draws 1,250 Oyster Sculptors, Mud Runners, and Shellfish Lovers to Samish Bay
By Hanna Raskin Mon., Jul. 18 2011 at 9:45 AM

OK, so maybe this tall and slender oyster midden doesn't look like much. But if you squint your eyes and flex your imagination, I swear it's a winning sculpture--even if the judges at Saturday's Bivalve Bash didn't think so.
It's hard to make out in the picture, since I'm no more a photographer than I am a shell sculptor, but those inside-up oysters are supposed to be an ice-skating rink. There's a Christmas tree standing behind the rink, and the giant oyster mound is a massive skyscraper. The piece is titled "Oysters Rockefeller Center."
Since the contest called for sculptures celebrating the bivalve, I figured our entry was a shoo-in. But, much like last year, the big prizes went to shell artists who made the environment a central component of their creations. At a festival dedicated to promoting clean-water awareness, green themes apparently trump puns.
Shellfish production area remains closed after tests reveal high toxin levels
by Rachael Misstear, Western Mail
Jul 19 2011

A notice of temporary closure on all mussel and oyster production areas within the Milford Haven Waterway remains in place this week.
It follows further tests on samples of mussels and seawater this week which revealed that toxin levels are still above the maximum permitted.
The temporary closure covers St Anne’s Head to Picton Point and members of the public are advised not to consume bivalve molluscs (including oysters, mussels, cockles, clams, razor fish) collected in the Milford Haven Waterway, until the area has been reopened.
More salt in the Spencer Gulf could hurt oyster industry
19 Jul, 2011 11:34 AM

Just a tiny incline of Spencer Gulf salinity levels could potentially harm the oyster industry.
“You don’t have to play with salinity a lot to alter eco systems,” South Australian Oyster Growers Association (SAOGA) president Bruce Zippel said.
Mr Zippel said oysters could only handle a certain amount of salinity.
The average South Australian salinity level sits around 35 parts of 1000, or 3.5 per cent salinity.
Gunter Guy's Millions: Spending $100 million no easy task for conservation commissioner
Published: Monday, July 18, 2011, 6:04 AM Updated: Monday, July 18, 2011, 9:51 AM
By Ben Raines, Press-Register

MOBILE, Alabama -- No matter how many shore birds are nesting on the beach, or how many fish are schooling in the Gulf, or how many beachgoers are renting condos, it is important to remember that this area suffered a massive oil spill last year, said Gunter Guy Jr., the man in charge of Alabama’s natural resources.
After spending Tuesday on a research cruise in the Gulf of Mexico, Guy said he was encouraged by what he had seen, but not ready to say Alabama’s environment had been restored to pre-spill conditions. During the cruise, reefs off the Alabama coast were examined using a small, remote-controlled submarine equipped with a video camera.
“Sitting here, it’s hard to tell the spill happened, and that’s a good thing,” Guy said while aboard a boat crossing Dixey Bar at the mouth of Mobile Bay. “It’s nice that we don’t see any remnants of that right now, but we do have to be mindful that we did have a large oil spill. We have to do research and make sure we have a healthy and sustainable fishery and ecosystem.”
Study: Ocean Changes Expected To Damage Shellfish
Study Relesed By Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
By Shelby Lin ErdmanCNN
POSTED: 7:17 pm EDT July 17, 2011
UPDATED: 8:53 pm EDT July 17, 2011

(CNN) -- Massive global greenhouse gas pollution is changing the chemistry of the world's oceans so much that scientists now predict it could severely damage shellfish populations and the nations that depend on the harvests if significant action isn't taken.
A new study from the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution in Massachusetts shows that ocean acidification is becoming a very serious problem. The study was published in July online in the journal Fish and Fisheries.
"What the study found was that in the next 10 to 50 years many countries are going to see impacts, particularly countries that are heavily reliant on clams and oysters and mussels, and will not be able to adapt by shifting to other foods or aquaculture methods," said Jackie Savitz, senior scientist and chief strategist for the international ocean conservation and advocacy organization Oceana.
July 17th, 2011 05:01pm
St. Petersburg Area Fishing Report 7/16/11
by Michael "SnookMook" Wilson
July 16, 2011

“Redfish are still schooling up in small schools of up to 10 fish as well as large schools of 50-100 fish. Most of the schools lately have been holding fish in the 18- 24 inch range, but there are still big, bull reds to be found in the 30-35 inch range as well.
Look for these fish to be in the deeper troughs around oyster mounds and mangrove points where the water has good, strong flow. Anglers should also look for them to be in the deeper sand holes on tidal grass flats with good flow and tidal movement as well. The best baits of choice would be fresh cut mullet, lady fish, pinfish, and any other oily bait since redfish have a keen sense of smell. Live baits like shrimp, scaled sardines and pinfish under a cork with your bait suspended just above the grass is another good option. Artificial baits like Berkley Gulp three inch shrimp in white or new penny, MirrOlure’s Lil John, and the Zara Spook Jr. in bone color are all good baits,” reports Capt. George Hastick of Fish Hunter Charters (727-525-1005). The Fish Hunter
July 16, 2011
Green Acre Radio: What are carbon emissions doing to Puget Sound?
By Martha Baskin

Introduction: As oceans absorb evermore carbon dioxide, pH levels of the world’s seas have been dropping. Biologists at the National Marine Fisheries Service in Seattle are doing some of the most sophisticated work anywhere to see how the marine world responds to a major side effect of fossil fuel emissions, increasingly corrosive seas. Green Acre Radio recently joined scientists on a research vessel in Puget Sound.
Narration: Marine ecologists tug at drift nets full of fish from one of the world’s most corrosive bodies of water, Puget Sound. Jelly fish and crab wait to be disentangled and microscropic krill and zooplankton. undistinguishable to the untrained eye, but the base of the food web. “We've got quite the catch.” Correigh Greene and his team of fish biologists with the National Marine Fisheries Center. “Quite a few fish. few jelly fish too.” The task is to measure not only the abundance of marine life — the majority of species will then be released — but levels of carbon dioxide.
July 15, 2011
Big bull reds, Politicians, and more trout
sschindler @ 4:49 pm

Good fishing in not so great weather the last two days. Thursday I had the politicians on the boat. MS State Representative Richard Bennet, City Aldermen Gary Pontcheaux, and Mark Lishen along with their buddy Kyle. Thought we may have had to call trip due to showers and thunder storms, but watched the radar and went for it. Made it to the LA Marsh quick and set up shop on the world famous oyster bottoms. These boys could fish and the trout began flopping in the box all morning. Our plastic under the cork bite seems to have taken a back seat to the live bait carolina rig for the time being. Used live shrimp and finger mullet to best 89 sparkle trout, 13 big whites, 9 ground mullet, and 1 slot red. Went 0 for 0 on triple tail on the way home, but the boys were happy. Very nice guys.
County delays hearing on pipeline, oysters
By Gail Elber, The World | Posted: Friday, July 15, 2011 11:00 am

A hearing to review the impact of the proposed Pacific Connector Gas Pipeline on Olympia oysters in Haynes Inlet has been postponed to Sept. 21.
Jill Rolfe, administrative planner in the Coos County Planning Department, said the hearing had been postponed at the request of the pipeline company. A Portland attorney for the company did not return a call Friday morning.
The pipeline is an essential component of plans to build a liquefied natural gas terminal at Jordan Cove on the North Spit. In March, the Oregon Land Use Board of Appeals directed the Coos County commissioners to give more consideration to the oyster question, after Citizens Against LNG and other pipeline opponents appealed the commissioners' approval of a conditional land use permit for the pipeline.
Opponents contend pipeline construction would disrupt sensitive Olympia oyster beds. Olympia oysters, the Pacific Northwest's only native oyster variety, once were abundant but have declined in number. Oregon's commercial oyster producers rely on the larger Pacific oysters.
On the Bayou, BP oil spill hasn’t gone away
by: John Wojcik
July 15 2011

HOPEDALE, La. - Eric Guzman carries himself like any healthy 35-year-old, but his eyes tell you he's been through what only someone much older would normally have experienced.
Guzman is captain of a Bayou shrimp boat that he takes out now only on weekends. During the week he is a union electrician at the Folger's coffee plant here. He has also worked for Lazy Boy Seafood, an outfit that buys shrimp right off the boats.
"I'm glad I have this job," he said, when our reporters caught up with him during a break outside his plant gate. "You can't support a family without a good job, and now, after the oil spill, the shrimp and oyster businesses are hurting."
Pollution poses problem for oysters, Puget Sound
The Associated Press

SAMISH ISLAND, Wash. — For over 75 years, Blau Oyster Co. has relied on Washington state's cool clean waters to grow the plump oysters that are as prized in the Northwest as salmon and orcas. But too much pollution from animal and human waste has been washing into Samish Bay in north Puget Sound, prohibiting shellfish harvests 38 days already this year.
"If the water quality isn't good, we can't be open," said Scott Blau, whose family has been farming in these tidelands 80 miles north of Seattle since 1935. Most of the harvest from the small business is shucked and ends up in stews or can be ordered pan-fried or raw at local restaurants; some oysters are sold in the shell as far away as Hong Kong and Singapore.
Washington state is the nation's leading producer of farmed oysters, clams and other bivalves with about $100 million in annual sales. The recent downgrade of 4,000 acres of shellfish beds in Samish Bay because of fecal contamination means more days when shellfish beds can't be harvested, hurting the local economy and jeopardizing the much larger, decades-long effort to clean up pollution in Puget Sound, the nation's second largest estuary. It also was set back in the state's goal to increase 10,800 acres of harvestable shellfish beds by 2020.
Lake Calcasieu oyster permits will be available soon
Jeremy Alford Capitol Correspondent
Published: Monday, July 11, 2011 at 11:33 a.m.
Last Modified: Monday, July 11, 2011 at 11:33 a.m.

BATON ROUGE — A new system to determine which commercial fishermen will be allowed to harvest oysters from one of Louisiana’s last naturally-occurring reefs is in development, officials said.
Details are still being formulated, but half of the available permits for Lake Calcasieu will be issued on a first-come, first-served basis.
Oyster-industry officials and lawmakers from southwest Louisiana initially wanted to limit permits to fishermen who worked Lake Calcasieu in the past.
But Houma-Thibodaux lawmakers convinced the Legislature to include the entire industry.
Historic Oyster cannon on display at Discovery Center
Jul 13, 2011

POCOMOKE CITY -- The Maryland Department of Natural Resources is pairing with the Delmarva Discovery Center to exhibit a historic cannon -- a relic of the Oyster Police of the 1800s -- from now until Sept. 12.
The cannon was used to protect the Chesapeake Bay's oysters during the "Oyster Wars" of the 19th century.
"We are thrilled to have this wonderful piece of DNR and Chesapeake Bay history on display. The Oyster Wars were a dramatic time in the history of the bay and are part of the history of so many communities on the Eastern Shore," said Brian Garrett, executive director at the center.
Pender Watch builds oyster reefs to benefit environment
By Justin Williams Pope
Published: Sunday, July 10, 2011 at 10:56 p.m.
Last Modified: Sunday, July 10, 2011 at 10:56 p.m.

Hampstead | On June 11, through a joint venture with the University of North Carolina Wilmington and Coastal Conservation Association of North Carolina, Pender Watch and Conservancy started building five new oyster reefs on an unnamed island. Three of the five reefs are now fully complete.
Pender Watch, now in its 25th year, is a 400-member volunteer organization whose members are dedicated to being “responsible advocates for the environment.” The group works with kids in after school programs, aids in recycling programs and highway trash cleanups and plays a significant role in building oyster reefs.
The reefs provide a barrier from boat traffic to help protect against erosion and serve as a haven for new sea life.
Manatee case of bacterial infection linked to oysters

MANATEE -- The Manatee County Health Department is investigating a local case of a bacterial infection contracted from eating oysters.
“We are in contact with the individual that reported it and with the physician involved with the diagnosis and treatment,” said department spokesman John Burns.
The department’s epidemiology and environmental health teams are looking into the case, he said.
Until the investigation is complete, the department is disclosing little about the case, including the possible source of the tainted oysters or even the date of the report.
WL&F Commission trying to sue its boss — the state
Written by: Heather Miller
Friday, 08 July 2011

Two state Department of Wildlife and Fisheries commissioners — who also happen to be Acadiana lawyers — are using their statewide legal contacts to find someone willing to sue the state.
The Advocate’s outdoor writer Joe Macaluso writes that the WL&F Commission is livid over the Jindal administration’s move to strip $26.4 million from the state’s Artificial Reef Development Fund Program. According to the LW&F website, the program, which transforms obsolete, abandoned oil platforms into artificial reefs that support marine habitat, is a win-win for oil and gas companies and the Gulf’s marine life. For oil companies, funding artificial reefs on now defunct platforms is a cheaper alternative to removing the platforms from the Gulf within a year of their closure, as federal law mandates:
Since the program’s inception, 65 offshore reef sites utilizing the jackets of 263 obsolete platforms have been created off Louisiana’s coast. The use of obsolete oil and gas platforms in Louisiana has proved to be highly successful. Their large numbers, design, longevity and stability have provided a number of advantages over the use of traditional artificial reef materials. The participating companies also save money by converting the structure into a reef rather than abandoning it onshore and are required to donate a portion of the savings to operate the state program.
Scottish Power Company Reveals Wave Energy Generator "Oyster 800"
Tiffany Kaiser - July 14, 2011 4:27 PM

This wave energy generator is capable of producing 250 percent more power than the first full-scale Oyster, and can do so at one-third of the cost
Many power companies have searched for new ways to generate electricity from renewable sources like wind, solar, hydropower and geothermal. Edinburgh-based company Aquamarine Power has updated its wave power system, called the "Oyster," to increase the amount of power generated at a lower cost.
Aquamarine Power's Oyster system was first installed in the seabed off the Orkney Islands coast in 2009 and utilized an on-shore base. The Oyster was capable of producing 300 - 600kw of electricity, and could do so in shallow depths unlike systems that must be far out to sea.
The updated version, called the Oyster 800, is capable of producing 250 percent more power than the first full-scale Oyster, and can do so at one-third of the cost. It operates the same way as the original Oyster, but has a wider shape that allows it to capture more wave energy. The Oyster 800 also has a two seabed piles system, which makes installation easier.
Sláinte: Oysters Galore
Edythe Preet explores the history of Ireland's favorite bivalve, from Mesolithic times to today's Galway Oyster Festival.
Irish America magazine
Published Thursday, July 14, 2011, 5:05 PM
Updated Thursday, July 14, 2011, 5:05 PM

Opening an oyster can be a daunting task. Those little critters clamp their shells shut tight as a bank vault and don’t take kindly to being pried open with a sharp blade. Not only that, but wielding an oyster knife is an easy way to slice off a thumb, that most useful of our twenty digits!
Given that shucking an oyster is one of the more dangerous culinary arts, now imagine opening 30 of the pesky bivalves in only 2 minutes and 28 seconds. That was the winning time at the 2010 Galway Oyster Festival World Oyster Opening Championship!
Deemed one of Europe’s longest-running food extravaganzas, the Galway Oyster Festival was launched in September 1954 by the manager of the Great Southern Hotel. The tourist season had ended and room sales were looking dismal, but the executive chef had a brainstorm. Since oysters had just come into season, he suggested adding them to the menu. That year 34 guests attended the first Oyster Festival Banquet and feasted on several dozen oysters each. These days, the event is one of the biggest on Ireland’s social calendar, drawing more than 10,000 visitors who gleefully down tons of the briny beauties.
Oysters flourish in backyard gardens
3:58 PM, Jul. 14, 2011
Written by Alyson Cunningham

SOUTH BETHANY -- Delaware State University graduate student Brian Reckenbeil stood in waist-deep water with a bushel basket in one hand and several oysters in the other, distributing them along the rocks of Wynona Dawson's property.
"I'm finding crevices between all the rocks and wedging (the oysters) in," he said. "We're stocking them in the rip-rap below the barnacle so they don't freeze. Survival is the main thing."
The project is part of the Center for the Inland Bays' shellfish gardening project, which provides juvenile oysters and clams, and apparatus to raise them, to citizens with waterfront properties.
Oyster shucking competition

One of the trophies at the Ontario Oyster Shucking Championships in Toronto, hosted by Rodney's Oyster Bar on July 17, 2011.
Virginia, Army Corps pick an oyster plan
By Scott Harper The Virginian-Pilot
© June 29, 2011

Instead of spending nothing and doing little this year, Virginia and the Army Corps of Engineers have reached a compromise of sorts over how to help restore oysters in the Chesapeake Bay, state officials said Tuesday.
The deal, reached after a lengthy meeting Monday in Norfolk, will allow about $1.6 million in federal funds to finance oyster research and repairs to man-made oyster reefs in the Great Wicomico River, a Bay tributary in northeastern Virginia.
Left unspent, however, is about $900,000 approved earlier by Congress, said Jack Travelstead, state fisheries director. Travelstead said the state will likely ask the Army Corps to hold the money until they can resolve a larger dispute over how best to revive oyster populations ravaged by disease, pollution and lost habitat.
Tuesday, June 28, 2011
Help for Delaware Bay oysters

Any oyster-lover who has ever tasted a Cape May Salt knows that the current quest to bolster the population of Delaware Bay oysters is more than an environmental mission.
So there are many reasons to cheer the fact that sea captains employed by the Delaware Bay Oyster Restoration Task Force were able to plant 159,000 bushels of clam shell -- which young oysters can then attach themselves to and grow -- in the bay.
The seven-year-old program was faced with snatching defeat from the jaws of victory when it encountered a funding problem. Members of the task force met with fishermen, state and federal officials, local community groups, and businesses in an attempt gain support, said Jennifer Adkins, executive director of the Partnership for the Delaware Estuary, a member of the task force. "We had nine months, and a couple of key donations came just in time,” she said.
French oyster farmers return favour to Japan
By Gilles Campion (AFP) – Jul 6, 2011

TOKYO — Twice in the past 40 years, French oyster farmers were saved by their colleagues on Japan's northern Pacific coast. After the March 11 tsunami, they decided it was time to return the favour.
This week they kicked off an aid effort to help oyster growers who lost everything when the seabed quake sent a massive tsunami barrelling into Japan's northeast, destroying entire towns -- and their livelihoods.
A seven-tonne shipment of oyster farm equipment -- buoys, ropes and fishermen's clothing -- arrived from Charente-Maritime and Brittany in western France at Tokyo's Narita International airport on Wednesday.
Pirates of the Gulf Coast
Jeremy Alford on how Louisiana has spent -- and misspent -- its oil-gotten gains
by Jeremy Alford

If nothing else, you know you're going to wait when visiting the Bank of BP. That's why there are hard plastic chairs lined up on the grassy area out front. This morning, they're wet with the morning dew of eastern New Orleans. Not very inviting. Then again, many coastal residents have been dealing with cases of red ass for more than a year now; a little bit of wet ass is something they can endure.
The chairs are here for the overflow, those folks who can't fit inside the Gulf Coast Claims Facility (GCCF) off Chef Menteur Highway. The huddled masses come here yearning to breathe free — quite literally for those with health concerns connected to the disaster — and in hopes of being made whole financially. This facility is the public face of BP. Aesthetically, it's no prettier than BP's reputation in south Louisiana.
Sylvia Gonzales of Hammond, an unemployed shrimp packer, whispers in Spanish to her friend, Ofelia Herrera, while glancing over at the chairs. Gonzales has seen the chairs during previous visits, when she learned to bring her own translator — today, Herrera — rather than relying on the GCCF to have someone at the ready.
DNR chief: Oyster farming having a shell of a good start
1:30 p.m. EDT, June 23, 2011

In his recent article about oyster farming ("State's oyster farmers snagged on red tape," June 20), Tim Wheeler left out several important facts regarding the issuance of aquaculture leases. Had they been included, perhaps the headline of the article might have been, "Despite necessary start-up and transition delays, oyster farming off to a good start."
Lease issuance is a two-part process between the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the state of Maryland. While the state may be able to promptly approve an application, few applicants have the time or money to generate multiple maps and perform complex geographical reviews as required by the Corps. The Maryland Department of Natural Resources has committed substantial additional resources, including staff, to complete the Corps requirements on behalf of applicants.
Of 41 outstanding bottom lease applications, 27 have been processed and are pending with the Corps; 6 are in the final stages of processing. Agency staff are in weekly contact with the Corps to review all pending permits and concerns.,0,160945.story
Oysters may survive river flooding
Nikki Buskey Staff Writer
Published: Sunday, July 3, 2011 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Saturday, July 2, 2011 at 11:31 p.m.

Better still, the Barataria Basin, which was wiped out by freshwater diversions during the oil spill, had its first spat since the spill because state officials decided not to open the Davis Pond diversion this year, Melancon said. A spat is when oysters reproduce and their free-swimming larvae seek out a hard bottom to attach to so they can grow.
Olivia Watkins, a spokeswoman for the state Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, said state biologists are taking inventory of how oysters have been affected by the river flooding, taking salt levels in water bodies and looking for oyster bed deaths.
The state is also checking to see if shrimp were pushed out of bays by the river flood. We're still in a high river stage, Watkins said, so scientists can't yet say what the full effects of the flood have been. By documenting fisheries effects, scientists can determine how they'll manage the fishing seasons and will also have evidence to request recovery aid if necessary.
April 05, 2011
Pairing Oysters with Wine

A while back, Chicago Foodies was invited to a wine and oyster pairing event at Shaw's Crab House and Oyster Bar, a fitting place to become more educated about different oyster styles. The panel was led by Rowan Jacobsen, an engaging and well-rounded author who had written books such as A Geography of Oysters and American Terroir, a book describing a sense of place regarding a variety of items other than the typical things we associate with location, such as wine and coffee. Three winemakers were represented, courtesy of importer W.J. Deutsch: André Lurton, a large producer in Bordeaux; The Crossings, from New Zealand; and Barone Fini, a family-owned Trentino and Alto Adige producer of Pinot Grigio with roots dating from the late fifteenth century, represented by the charming Giovanni Bonmartini-Fini.
Why Gulf Oysters Are Never Named By Their Home Bays
Mar 04, 2011

Generally, oysters from Texas to Alabama are sold simply as Gulf oysters, as if the ninth-largest body of water on Earth had no diversity worth mentioning, no bays with individual character. While researching my forthcoming book Shadows on the Gulf: A Journey through Our Last Great Wetland, I got the chance to sit down with Al Sunseri, proprietor of P&J Oysters in New Orleans’ French Quarter, and ask him why.
“Let me tell you something,” he said. “We did name oysters for where they come from. We did, too. And that all changed.” There were always oyster grounds on both sides of the Mississippi River below New Orleans, Al explained. The marshes on the east side were fresher, and those on the west side were saltier. The east side made good predator-free nursery grounds for baby oysters, and the west side was good for “salting up” the oysters. “You’d take oysters from the public grounds on the east side of the river and transport them through Empire Locks to your leases on the west side. That’s how you did it.”
And in those west-side bays, the oysters got incredibly delicious. “If you could see what it used to be like,” Al said, shaking his head. He wasn’t nostalgic; he’s too hard-nosed a businessman for that. He just had the well-weathered disgust of having had a front-row seat to watch the state kill its golden goose. “Something about the Plaquemines–Jefferson Parish area is so rich. You had all that marsh going out there. Beautiful oysters—the sweetest, saltiest oysters. We called ’em candy oysters. They had all these different flavors. Some had a woody flavor. Some had a grassy taste. They all had that firm, thick eye, sometimes as big as half of the oyster, because they were so healthy.” The eye is the muscle the oyster uses to close its shell. It’s the same muscle we eat in a scallop, and it’s responsible for a lot of an oyster’s sweetness and texture. A “big-eyed” oyster is like a molluscan weightlifter. “A number of different areas on the west side of the river produced that kind of oyster: Grand Bayou, Bayou Cook, Lake Washington, Lake Grande Ecaille. Our company made its name off of them. Our card had those bays on it. People asked for those oysters by name. Every so often, when conditions were right, you’d get nice oysters on the east side of the river, with these beautiful golden shells and nice big eyes, but only certain times of the year. It wasn’t like on the west side.”
Interview with filmmaker Keith Cox
Posted: Thursday, June 23, 2011 8:00 am | Updated: 8:43 am, Thu Jun 23, 2011.
Cate Gable |

Keith Cox was born in South Bend, Wash., and lived in Seaview and Ilwaco before graduating from South Bend High School in 1995. Cox is a local boy with two sets of grandparents still living on the Long Beach Peninsula, Don and Marge Cox of Ilwaco and Martha and Dick Murfin of Seaview.
Keith Cox has worked on more than 100 major studio projects, and has been a part of project crews for "Cop Out," "Sherlock Holmes," "Terminator Salvation," "Secretariat," "Hannah Montana," "Yogi Bear," "I Am Number Four," "Arthur" and "The Hangover Part II."
The first of his seven-part film series on life around and on Willapa Bay was just completed.
When did you start filming the Willapa Bay Oyster Project series?
Japanese scientists identify genes linked to shell-formation in pearl oyster

A team of Japanese scientists has identified almost all of about 30,000 different kinds of genes that form the shell of pearl oysters, a discovery that could shed light on the mystery surrounding the beauty of pearls.
A team of scientists from the University of Tokyo, the Pearl Research Institute of Mikimoto Co., Ltd., and other organizations found 29,682 unique sequences containing novel gene candidates for nacreous and prismatic layer formation, using a device called a "GS FLX 454 system." Some of the genes had already been known, but most of them had not been identified.
The production of the "Akoya" pearl oyster, or pinctada, a genus of pearl oysters, has been decreasing in recent years, but the finding could help select superior species to harvest pearls in high genetic qualities.
Manmade oyster bed set to rescue NH's Great Bay
By Lynne Tuohy
Associated Press / June 21, 2011

CONCORD, N.H.—A half million juvenile oysters the size of a thumbnail are being readied to rescue New Hampshire's Great Bay from an environmental meltdown.
The oysters that will be placed into the bay in Newmarket will be the crowning touch on what will be New England's largest manmade oyster bed designed for conservation reasons. With each oyster capable of filtering 20 gallons of water a day, it is hoped the marine militia will suck the excess nitrogen out of the bay and make the waters fit for generations of oysters and other species.
"We're putting nature back in control," said Ray Konisky, director of marine sciences for The Nature Conservancy. "We put a lot of hungry oysters in there and you've got the beginnings of getting your balance back."
Mississippi River freshwater discharge deadly to state oyster reefs
Published: Wednesday, June 22, 2011, 7:25 AM
By Harlan Kirgan, Mississippi Press

BILOXI, Mississippi - Enough Mississippi River water was discharged through the Bonnet Carre Spillway to fill the Mississippi Sound to a depth of 14.5 feet, according to Scott Gordon of the state Department of Marine Resources.
Gordon reported to the state Commission on Marine Resources at its Tuesday meeting that the spillway gates were closed Monday.
"I'm happy to report that the Bonnet Carre Spillway was closed totally as of yesterday," he said. "We had 330 gates open during the event."
June 23, 2011
NRP arrests another serial poacher

Since 1992, Tilghman waterman Edward Bruce Lowery Jr. has racked up more than 45 natural resources tickets for everything ranging from poaching oysters and clams to illegally harvesting striped bass, and has had his commercial license suspended twice by the state--once for oystering on a suspended license.
Now it appears he has added a new wrinkle to his career, according to reports filed by Natural Resources Police. Officers on patrol last Friday saw Lowery, 45, operating a hydraulic clam dredge in the submerged aquatic vegetation (SAV) protection zone in Cooks Point Cove on the Choptank River. Hydraulic clam dredging is prohibited in areas set aside for the restoration of submerged aquatic plants.
DNR suspended Lowery's license for the first 10 days of the 2009-2010 season after officers caught him on the first day of the season harvesting oysters on a suspended license. Six days later, NRP caught Lowery harvesting oysters again. Officers also found undersized oysters on his boat. NRP charged Lowery again with harvesting oysters on a suspended license and charged him with possession of undersized oysters.
PenderWatch, CCA NC, UNCW Build Oyster Reefs in Hampstead
June 22, 2011 3:03 PM

Forty volunteers from PenderWatch & Conservancy, North Carolina Coastal Conservation Association (CCA) and the School of Marine Sciences of the University of North Carolina at Wilmington built 198 feet of oyster reefs on an important but badly eroding island at the mouth of Mill Creek in Hampstead in Pender County on June 11. The reefs were built using 930 mesh bags of oyster shells that PenderWatch collected at its six shell drop-off/collection sites in Pender County throughout the past two years. The five reefs that were built are the first of twelve reefs that PenderWatch has permission to build under its CAMA Major Permit. The groups plan to build a total of seven reefs before November of this year.
The reefs will stabilize the island from erosion caused by boat wakes from the Intracoastal Waterway, filter polluted water from stormwater runoff and jump start new, bigger natural oyster reefs, which will rejuvenate the waters. The reefs will attract not only oysters but also a wide variety of other marine life, benefit recreational and commercial fishing and generally help to develop healthy fish resources in Pender County. PenderWatch volunteers who visited the reefs two days after they were built reported seeing many baby crabs and minnows already swimming around the new reefs.
Time to streamline oyster farming regulations
7:00 a.m. EDT, June 22, 2011

Regarding Tim Wheeler's recent article on oyster farming ("State's oyster farmers snagged in red tape," June 20), I would like to offer my insights on this subject as a member of the Maryland oyster aquaculture industry. As Mr. Wheeler sought to convey, while nearly everyone agrees that oyster aquaculture represents a beneficial use of the water and should be encouraged, it seems that government agencies responsible for oversight of Maryland waters are struggling to effectively implement a cohesive policy to this end. I believe this is largely the result of lingering inefficiencies within government processes through which aquaculture applications are reviewed.
First, we have redundant processes regarding permitting for shellfish aquaculture, one occurring at the state level, and the second at the federal level. These two processes duplicate the review of identical materials, publish separate public notices, and ultimately issue two sets of largely redundant permits — one state and one federal. Maryland has appealed to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to allow the state to act as the sole arbitrator (as is done in Virginia), but the Corps has refused to relinquish authority. Between the state and federal review processes, as many as eight agencies may be included. It's no wonder applications often languish in this environment.
Additionally, it seems that regulators have become preoccupied by defining a process that accommodates every aquaculture application that comes down the pike. While this approach is sometimes necessary, it would behoove all parties to develop an expedited process for applications that meet specific requirements for best practices. As an example, a technique known as "spat-on-shell" is used to repopulate oysters in a completely natural fashion. This process is used by the federal government and state to restore oysters to public waters, as well as by aquaculture operator. However, the oyster farmer must undergo an exhaustive review process prior to planting his spat-on-shell, a practice that everyone agrees is beneficial as well as practiced by the government itself. Why are eight government agencies reviewing applications proposing a practice everyone agrees is beneficial and to be encouraged?,0,95408.story
June 22, 2011
At Unique High School, New York Harbor Is the Subject
Carolyn Weaver | New York

It’s the sole New York school reachable only by ferry, a short ride from the lower tip of Manhattan to Governors Island, a 70-hectare former military base where birds and trees greatly outnumber human visitors. The Urban Assembly New York Harbor School is located in a renovated Coast Guard building. A basketball court and a garden tended by students flank the entrance; inside, the rooms include a greenhouse, an aquaponics lab where tilapia and oysters are raised, and a boat-building workshop, where a sloop patterned on one that sailed the harbor in 1849 is under construction.
Although the Harbor School may look traditional, its curriculum and philosophy are not. Founder and program director Murray Fisher got the idea for the school when he worked for the environmental group Hudson Riverkeeper and helped establish its global network, the Waterkeeper Alliance.
“I was inspired by this model of communities taking control and taking care of their local marine ecosystems,” Fisher said. He saw an opportunity to organize a high school curriculum around an ecological restoration project, one that would give New York teens a relationship with what he says is the city’s greatest resource - the Harbor.
Biologist focused on fish stocks
June 24, 2011

Bruce Malcolm. 1928-2011
Bruce Malcolm devoted his working life to fish. He was one of Australia's leading scientists in fish stocks and their control, as well as an expert on the Sydney rock oyster. Even his retirement was spent mostly on his boat, which was named after one of his favourite salmon species.
William Bruce Malcolm was born on June 8, 1928, to William Malcolm and his wife, Alma (nee Marshall), in Penshurst. He completed high school at Canterbury Boys High, then attended the University of Sydney, where he graduated in 1948 with a bachelor of science majoring in zoology and biochemistry. He followed it with a master's degree in science.
He was then appointed to the CSIRO Division of Fisheries, Western Australia, to continue the work on fish stocks started by the scientist and poet Wolfe Fairbridge. In 1953, Malcolm married Margaret McNeill of Sydney. The marriage failed in the 1960s.
Van Island's ultimate oyster
Melora Koepke, Courtesy the Canadian Tourism Commission
First posted: Sunday, June 19, 2011 2:00:00 EDT PM

Eating an oyster from the waters around Vancouver Island is a way to taste the mysteries of the Pacific Ocean in a single bite. Oysters owe much of their particular qualities – flavor, size, colour, shell shape – to the salinity level and depth of the water in which they are raised. Interestingly, though each of the 12 varieties of oyster from Vancouver Island has its own very distinct qualities, they all originate from the same seed, further underlining the importance of water depth and salinity in their flavor profile.
Consider the Kusshi. Named after the Japanese word for “ultimate” or “precious,” this perfect bivalve is now one of the most sought-after oysters in the world. Raised by only one shellfish grower, Keith Reid of Stellar Bay Shellfish in Vancouver Island’s Comox Valley region, this small (just over five cm) oyster is raised in deep trays, and an aggressive tumbling process after harvest smooths any frills off the unusually deep cup of its midnight-purple shell, making it easy to shuck without any breakage. The taste? A perfect balance of ultra-clean brackishness and a fresh, almost floral flavor, with a meaty mouthfeel due to the slight stress tumbling.
A closer look at Humboldt Bay oysters
Kaci Poor/The Times-Standard
Posted: 06/18/2011 02:30:23 AM PDT

Residents and out-of-town visitors will consume more than 100,000 oysters today at the 21st annual Oyster Festival held on the Arcata Plaza, a fitting celebration for a region that has become a leader in oyster production for the state.
According to Tony Smithers, executive director of the Humboldt County Convention and Visitors Bureau, the festival has been recognized as the seventh-best food festival in the United States.
As festival-goers bite into freshly grilled Pacific oysters slathered in barbecue sauce or slurp back Kumamoto oyster shooters doused in lime, they may want to stop and consider where all of those oysters came from.
Clam farmers produce big crops
The Pratt Tribune
Posted Jun 23, 2011 @ 11:22 AM

Pratt, Kan. —
As a consumer who enjoys eating a wide variety of fine food, I always relish the opportunity to learn more about where it comes from, how it’s grown and the men and women who provide such feasts for our dinner plates.
I enjoyed just such an experience last week when I traveled to the Virginia coast and spent four days eating every clam, oyster, blue crab, shrimp and some of the finest seafood in the land.
Heck, I didn’t eat anything but bivalves and fish until the last night I was in Virginia. That’s when I was forced to eat a juicy filet mignon to prep my land legs for back home and the wonderful pork, lamb and beef our Kansas farmers and ranchers raise.
Incidentally, bivalves (clams) have a shell consisting of two asymmetrically rounded halves called valves that are mirror images of each other, joined at one edge by a flexible ligament called the hinge.
Breeding A Better Oyster
by Ashley Ahearn, KUOW
Posted: Wednesday, June 22, 2011 at 2:43PM EDT

QUILCENE, Wash. - Shellfish farming contributes more than 100 million dollars to the Northwest economy every year. Oysters make up more than half of the shellfish grown here, and scientists are trying to figure out how to boost that production even more. Ashley Ahearn reports on one new breeding program that’s growing the beefsteak tomato…of oysters.
Joth Davis is the head scientist for Taylor Shellfish – the largest shellfish farming company in the Northwest. We’re standing on the shore of Dabob Bay in Hood Canal.
Joth Davis: “You hear this bubbling. We’re on a system where the water is flowing through some cylindrical tanks that have mesh screen on the bottom. On top of the mesh screen are juvenile oysters and the water is flowing down through the bed of oysters and supplying them with microalgae that they need to grow.”
Trouble on the Half Shell
Baby oysters fare poorly in acidified water.
Jennifer Langston on June 22, 2011 at 3:00 pm

This post is part of the research project: Northwest Ocean Acidification
Four summers ago, Sue Cudd couldn’t keep a baby oyster alive.
She’d start with hundreds of millions of oyster larvae in the tanks at the Whiskey Creek Shellfish Hatchery in Netarts, Oregon. Only a handful would make it.
Sometimes, they’d swim for a couple of weeks. But they’d stop developing before they grew a critical shell structure, or maybe the foot or eyespot. They’d feed poorly. One day, the larvae would simply die. A hatchery that has supplied seafood businesses for three decades had virtually nothing to sell for months, said Cudd, who owns the hatchery.
The BC Shellfish Festival 2011
By Nathan Fong

This past weekend I had the pleasure of attending the 5th annual BC Shellfish Festival which was held in Comox. Although I’m a Vancouver born and bred guy, it was actually my first time in the beautiful Courtenay-Comox region, as I usually make it up to Qualicum-Parksville or usually turn off heading to Port Alberni and the West Coast surf of Tofino and Ucluelet.
Located about an hour’s drive north of Departure Bay (if you take the inland highway!), I was pleasantly surprised with the remote quaintness of the area. My allergies were taken back with the stunning yellow broom lining the highway as we entered Courtenay. I was coming to partake in the BC Shellfish Festival as a judge of the chowder competition as well as the oyster shucking competition, both contests I have experienced before…once at the PEI Chowder Competition (where I judged a couple dozen butter and cream chowders laden with mussels, lobster, scallops and PEI potatoes, of course!) and at a BC Oyster champsionship (where I first encountered a shucker’s freshly cut finger’s blood doused on an oyster like Tabasco sauce!)
Upon checking into the newly built Old House Village Hotel and Spa (located in Courtenay on the river), which I loved as all the suites have separate living rooms and kitchens as well as a decent sized outdoor pool, Jacuzzi and a relaxing spa, we headed to grab a relaxing lunch alfresco on the sunny deck (yes, we escaped the clouds and rain in Vancouver and had amazing sun and warmth!) at the Blackfish Pub set next to the Marina Park in Comox. It’s a beautiful setting overlooking the docks and fishing boats, and was a perfect start for the weekend. Being Friday, we weren’t feeling guilty with lunch cocktails (Ceasars, of course!) washing down the restaurant’s superb fresh halibut fish and chips and crisp battered Fanny Bay oysters. Was so nice to see house made dill infused tartar sauce accompanying both dishes as I’ve seen so many with the gluey packaged varieties….not to mention great malt vinegar instead of the overly sharp white stuff!
Hilary Biller Anticipates the Knysna Oyster Festival
by Amanda on Jun 23rd, 2011

This year, the Knysna Oyster Festival takes place from 1-10 July. Hilary Biller has the scoop:
For 28 years Knysna has used the oyster to lure visitors in winter. Almost a quarter of a million oysters are shucked and slurped during the 10-day Knysna Oyster Festival in July.
The brainchild of a local businessman, the late Dick Ginsberg, it has grown from a small festival into a gourmet indulgence. Today, the festival revolves around molluscs and wine and The Big 5 Sporting Challenge is the highlight of the event.
Distinguished Young Women compete for oyster crown in annual eating competition
Published: Sunday, June 19, 2011, 9:00 PM Updated: Monday, June 20, 2011, 4:05 PM
By Dan Murtaugh, Press-Register

ORANGE BEACH, Alabama -- There are no hosts, no audience and no scholarship money at stake, but Sunday’s Distinguished Young Women oyster eating contest brought out the competitive drive in many of the girls.
Rhode Island’s Alexandra Fontaine went through a stretching routine to warm up. Florida’s Caitlin Mosley strapped on a headband for “the intimidation factor.” And Arizona’s Terri Stump skipped lunch so she could make room for as many bivalves as possible.
“Oysters are just like giant boogers, and I used to pick my nose when I was little,” Stump said. “So it’s going to be just like old times.”
An ancient festival of seafood – The Oyster Festival in Whitstable
June 21, 2011 By jonathan

The seaside town of Whitstable in south-east England is holding its annual Oyster Festival on 23–29 July this year.
The festival traditionally opens with the Landing of the Oysters ceremony, when oysters are brought ashore and blessed by clergy. This is followed by a costume parade with music that takes the oysters from the harbour to the local inns and restaurants of Whitstable.
It is a modern celebration of a tradition that dates from Norman times, when fishers and dredgers held a thanksgiving for their survival and the oyster harvest. The practical townspeople held the blessing service in the summer because that was the off-season for oysters and their least busy time. (And 25 July is the feast day of St James of Compostela, the patron saint of oysters.)
Oyster farming off to a slow start in Maryland
Officials vow to cut through red tape to boost aquaculture
By Timothy B. Wheeler, The Baltimore Sun
1:01 p.m. EDT, June 20, 2011

— The dock built to hold water-filled tanks of baby oysters stands empty. The new marina for landing fully grown bivalves is being used for now by some crabbers.
Encouraged by a new state policy to boost private oyster farming, Jay Robinson and Ryan Bergey applied last fall to lease upward of 1,000 acres in Fishing Bay in southern Dorchester County. They planned to "plant" 100 million hatchery-spawned oysters on the bottom there this year and raise them for sale to restaurants and seafood wholesalers.
Nine months later, Robinson and Bergey are still waiting for the green light to launch their aquaculture business, named the Waterman's Trust.,0,4257678.story
Oyster Festival is Saturday
The Times-Standard
Posted: 06/16/2011 02:40:07 AM PDT

The 21st annual Oyster Festival, sponsored by Arcata Main Street, kicks off at 10 a.m. Saturday on the Arcata Plaza. Lasting until 5:30 p.m., this annual party celebrates the plump and sweet Kumamoto oyster from Humboldt and Arcata bays and pairs all-you-can-eat barbecued oysters with local microbrews from Lost Coast and Mad River brewing companies.
Highlights of the all-day party will include performances by San Francisco old-school funk band Vinyl, Humboldt's own Tom Petty tribute band Full Moon Fever, and local reggae-roots band Woven Roots. Other adventures offered include a rock-climbing wall and mechanical bull from North Coast Adventure Centers, located in the Pacific Outfitters parking lot.
In between the slurping of mollusks and quaffing of brews, KWPT-FM will present a “Shuck & Swallow” competition, where four-time defending champions Aidan Semingson (the shucker) and Conor Eckholm (the swallower) will try to win their fourth-straight gold Shuck & Swallow belt. This team, which can shuck and eat more than 35 raw oysters in five minutes, is looking for some suitable challengers this year.
Bay Day Festival featured crab-picking, oyster-shucking and blue crab race contests
Published: Tuesday, June 21, 2011, 7:03 PM
By Lauren T. Taniguchi/The News of Cumberland County

COMMERCIAL TWP. — The annual Bay Day Festival is known for its maritime pleasures, including stiff competition in crab and oyster contests.
This year, Tyler Emmons of Deptford won first place in the Blue Crab Race with a crab that set a new course record time of 4.5 seconds. Cheyenne Lloyd of Port Norris won second place with a crab that timed 7 seconds, and Wayne Williams of Port Norris took third place with a crab that spent 9 seconds completing the course.
After eight minutes of crab-picking fury, Parmela Wise won first place for freeing 3.5 ounces of crab meat from its shells. Debbie Hickman won second place, and Jane Galetto was awarded third place.
Shucked oyster bill reveals territorial feud
Jeremy Alford Capitol Correspondent
Published: Thursday, June 16, 2011 at 10:19 a.m. Last Modified: Thursday, June 16, 2011 at 10:19 a.m.

BATON ROUGE — The state House of Representatives approved an amendment Wednesday that would restrict oyster harvesting in Terrebonne-Lafourche waters to only residents and businesses located in the two parishes.
If it sounds extreme, that’s because it was intended to shock, said Rep. Joe Harrison, R-Napoleonville, who authored the amendment as a way to kill the bill to which it was attached.
Shortly after lawmakers attached the amendment, the full House voted 42-53 to shelve Senate Bill 73 by Sen. Blade Morrish, R-Jennings.
Spillway closing brings relief for oyster industry, but damage is done
Posted on June 20, 2011 at 5:44 PM Updated Monday, Jun 20 at 8:01 PM
Scott Satchfield / Eyewitness News

NEW ORLEANS -- When it comes to the current oyster crop, workers at Deanie's Seafood Restaurant like what they're seeing.
"We've been getting some nice, fat oysters and they look good for right now," said general manager Darren Chifici.
But, like others in the seafood industry, Chifici has questions about future supplies.
"The long-term effects of what the oil spill did and also the hurricanes over the years -- destroying the beds,” he said. “So, it's really a long-term outlook of, how long this thing's gonna take to recover, and if they're gonna recover."
Sanibel reef gives oysters a shot
Operation important to bayou restoration
10:14 PM, Jun. 15, 2011

Sanibel's Clam Bayou got an 11,000-pound shot of habitat restoration Tuesday in the form of a new oyster reef.
For most of an 85-degree morning, staff from the city of Sanibel and the Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Marine Laboratory, along with two volunteers, loaded 400 25- to 30-pound mesh bags filled with fossilized shell onto a small barge, motored to a site on the eastern shore of the bayou, and placed the shell in the water.
Over time, oyster larvae will settle on the shell, grow up to filter the bayou's water and provide habitat for fish and invertebrates.
Final shell deployment event next week at Bowman's
POSTED: June 22, 2011

For the dozens of volunteers who have taken part in the Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation's oyster shell bagging and deployment project since it began last year, the "finish line" is at long last coming into view,
According to Sabrina Lartz, Research Assistant at the SCCF Marine Lab and coordinator of the effort, there will be one final oyster shell deployment event this season, held on Tuesday, June 28. As has been requested in the past, volunteers should arrive at Bowman’s Beach beginning at 8:30 a.m. sharp.
"Participants don’t have to stay for the entire event," said Lartz, "but we encourage people to do so."
Our Bay: Oyster gardening season concludes
By PAMELA WOOD, Staff Writer
Published 06/18/11

June is graduation time, not just for students, but for oysters, too.
Volunteers who have raised oysters at their private docks over the winter have been spending the last few weeks planting them on sanctuaries in local rivers.
Outside the Severn Inn this week, volunteers and employees with the Chesapeake Bay Foundation collected buckets and buckets of oysters and carted them a short bit into the Severn River.
At one CA farm, moving aquaculture off the grid
By Melanie D.G. Kaplan | June 22, 2011, 2:00 AM PDT

MARSHALL, CA – I’ve never much cared for them raw, smoked or grilled, but during a few days in this small town on Tomales Bay, 90 minutes north of San Francisco, I learned to like oysters. And after helping a friend work 50,000 of them in his oyster nursery, I have the beginning of a deep appreciation for the farming of this little mollusk.
The idea behind oyster farming—just like any type of farming—is that when you have some control over elements like temperature, water and nourishment, you can speed up the rate at which the animal grows. Here in Marshall, a town whose sign says its population is 50, oyster farming is big business.
Chris Starbird, a marine biologist who used to study sea turtles and island foxes, started Starbird Mariculture in 2007. I’ve known him since the years when he was a senior guide at Outward Bound and the National Outdoor Leadership School, and he invited me to join him for a couple days of oysters 101. In his fourth year of business, he’s making some infrastructure changes in response to lessons learned, including investing in alternative power so he can more efficiently and safely grow his oysters.
Senate panel says oyster shell gemstone should have official status
Published: Wednesday, June 15, 2011, 2:47 PM Updated: Wednesday, June 15, 2011, 2:48 PM
By Ed Anderson, The Times-Picayune

BATON ROUGE -- A Senate committee oohed and ahhed Wednesday over samples of specially cut oyster shell jewelry then voted without opposition to make it the state's official gemstone.
The Committee on Senate and Governmental Affairs unanimously approved and sent to the Senate floor House Bill 246 by Rep. Scott Simon, R-Abita Springs.
The bill would designate the cabochon-cut gemstone, made from a species of oysters known as the Crassostrea virginica, as the state's gemstone, dislodging the agate from that honor.
ABC Rural Report
Mid North and North Coast Rural Report, Monday June 20, 2011
, Port Macquarie

Damage to oyster farms across region
Flooding has damaged equipment in farm sheds, destroyed infrastucture and possibly killed thousands of oysters but it's still too early to know.
Nambucca grower Richard Barrie estimates over 500 millimetres of rain fell in the region last week causing serious damage to farms on the river.
He says the mud needs to be hosed out of the oysters so they can feed more easily once the salt in the water comes back.
Official: Harbour clean enough for shellfish catch
Don’t start digging yet, food inspection agency cautions
Thu, Jun 23 - 4:54 AM

Care for some Halifax Harbour lobster?
According to Halifax Water officials, the municipality’s sewage treatment system is working so well — the harbour cleanup project is finally finished — water quality is such that shellfish harvesting could be done safely.
But the Canadian Food Inspection Agency said Wednesday the harbour is classified as a "prohibited area," meaning it is closed to the harvesting of bivalve shellfish such as clams, mussels and oysters by commercial and recreational harvesters.
Carl Yates, general manager of Halifax Regional Municipality’s water utility, told regional council this week the Harbour Solutions project "has reached total completion."
Yates said it meets water quality guidelines for shellfish catching.
Eye-Openers: Oysters are the new sushi. Plan accordingly.
Posted on 06/14/2011 at 9:02 am by Paolo Lucchesi in Headlines

Guy Fieri wants to build an East Bay empire of garlic chain restaurants. One writer discovers that oysters are, in fact, a popular thing. More stories emerge from the mass meltdown of Marie Callender’s, and Rocco DiSpirito has decided it is a good idea to subject America to another one of his reality shows.
Shellfish farmers left high and dry by insurance catch
The Yomiuri Shimbun

Most of the estimated 25 billion yen worth of damage done to scallop and oyster farms off the Sanriku Coast by the March 11 tsunami will not be covered by a fisheries mutual aid insurance program, because cultivation of the shellfish was at too early a stage.
It takes about three years to cultivate scallops and oysters to the point at which they are ready to be harvested and shipped to market.
The mutual aid insurance program in question is designed specifically for shellfish farmers, and covers only shellfish that are nearly ready for harvesting and shipment. No payments are provided for shellfish more than one year away from their harvest season.
Travel: Shrimp, oysters, cotton and … the ice machine
Posted on June 18, 2011 by Bob Berwyn

APALACHICOLA, FLA. — After passing through the heavily developed strip resorts around Destin, it was a relief to pull into the pet-friendly Rancho Inn, in Apalachicola, a historic fishing and harbor village in the heart of what locals call the forgotten coast.
We decide to linger an extra day, if only to learn the correct pronunciation of the six-syllable town.
Since the town sits back from the Gulf Coast a ways, on the shore of Apalachicola Bay, there are no beachfront motels. But it’s a working harbor town, with shrimp boats lined up along the shore of the bay, unloading tons of rock shrimp into small warehouses where they’re immediately sorted, packed, frozen and loaded on to trucks.
The bay is also one of the world’s most productive oyster fisheries, with just the right delicate balance of salt water and fresh water,
Court's decision considerably sets back aquaculture expansion
Thursday, June 23, 2011, 23:10 (GMT + 9)

Plans to expand aquaculture operations in Tasman and Golden Bays have been set back by two to three more years. The interim High Court’s decision also requires a new round of consultation and potential litigation, all of which will determine the fate of tens of millions of dollars in potential income and hundreds of new jobs.
In the meantime, Parliament will soon tackle an aquaculture reform bill that may also influence the outcome of marine farming activities in the bays.
If the government approves expansion in the Tasman District Council's aquaculture management areas, access to scallops, oysters and wild finfish will be lost, reports The Nelson Mail.
Eat: An Oyster Bar -- Diner 2011 review
Published: Monday, June 20, 2011, 6:00 AM Updated: Wednesday, June 22, 2011, 5:03 PM
By David Sarasohn, The Oregonian

Eat: An Oyster Bar
3808 N. Williams Ave. #122
$$ (about $10-$20 per entree)
In this endearingly saloon-like seafood hangout, the dozen choices of oysters on the half-shell are mostly from the Northwest and Canada, but everything else carries the bracing bite of Louisiana. That means gumbos, po' boy sandwiches, jambalaya and even gator bites, and New Orleans cocktails with a big choice of bourbons. The serious spicing of the cuisine is set off by the ease of the atmosphere and the price structure -- nothing is over $15. Sunday mornings, EaT offers Portland's only Cajun jazz brunch, and it's not hard to imagine what kind of music goes with beignets, turtle soup and eggs Sardou.
June 21, 2011
Serial poacher Joey Janda arrested again

Joey Janda, who has served time for poaching and had his commercial license suspended by a district court judge, was charged by Natural Resources Police on June 19 with possession of undersized blue crabs.
How is it that Janda is harvesting crabs at all?
At just 25, the Wittman waterman has been charged more than 60 times in the last decade and been found guilty on numerous occasions for poaching oysters, illegal striped bass fishing and harvesting undersized crabs. In addition, he has been convicted of fishing without a license and fishing on a suspended license.
Part II of II: Local Oyster Growers Gather for First Annual 'Oyster Flotilla' on The South River
Patch joined the South River Federation at the oyster sanctuary in Glebe Bay as the river's oyster growers gather to distribute this years ’crop’ into the bay.
By David Pecor | Email the author | June 16, 2011

The South River Federation's oyster growers deliver their oysters—grown as part of the Maryland Grows Oysters program—to Glebe Bay. This is a continuation of Monday's story found here.
After arriving at the sanctuary late in the afternoon, it wasn’t long before a few boats made their way to the reef, as well. A regular volunteer with the SRF, Lee Ann Candon and her Selby Bay neighbors, Becky Fitzsimmons, Emily and Brooke Szachnowicz trolled with three buckets of oysters ready to add to the reef.
Candon, who has been helping organize the oyster-growing effort in her neighborhood since the program came to the South River in 2010, said Emily and Brooke, both 14, have participated in the program before, but this was the first time they were able to plant the oysters themselves.
French chefs cook for Fukushima-hit oyster farmers
Some of France's best known chefs combined forces to raise funds for Japanese oyster farmers whose livelihoods were swept away by the tsunami in March. It was the opportunity to return an old favour.
By Priscille LAFITTE

France’s foreign ministry hosted a 1,000 euro-per-plate dinner on Tuesday evening to raise money for Japanese oyster farmers whose production was ravaged by the tsunami in March. Behind the menu were 11 of the most well known French chefs, many avowed lovers of Japan’s culinary culture.
“We're not here to do a cooking demonstration,” said world-famous French chef Alain Ducasse, explaining the evident absence of Japanese dishes or oysters. “The goal is clearly to raise money. It's a very nice dinner that will bring in significant revenues... for our Japanese colleagues who are facing difficulty.”
Oyster Association gives $27,000 for VIMS fellowship
Monday, June 13, 2011 5:02 PM EDT
Originally Published: Monday, June 13, 2011

The Tidewater Oyster Gardeners Association has awarded the Virginia Institute of Marine Science an initial gift of $27,000 to establish a fellowship endowment. When fully endowed, the fellowship will support research by graduate students in the College of William & Mary’s School of Marine Science at VIMS.
Association president David Turney said his group established the endowment in honor of “two exceptional contributors,” VIMS fisheries specialist Mike Oesterling and Jackie Partin.
Oesterling recently retired after a 30-year career with VIMS and Virginia Sea Grant, during which he served as the institute’s liaison with the association and led the popular Master Oyster Gardener course. Partin is an association founder and past president.
Turney said he expects the endowment to support a broad spectrum of research, including oysters, other shellfish, and general ecological restoration of Chesapeake Bay.
Claims czar Kenneth Feinberg says pace of payments quickens
Published: Monday, June 20, 2011, 11:00 PM
By David Hammer, The Times-Picayune

Procedural questions and disenchantment remain, but to hear oil spill claims czar Kenneth Feinberg tell it -- and to look at statistics from his Gulf Coast Claims Facility -- the compensation process he oversees has finally hit its stride.
Feinberg, who was tapped last year by BP and the White House to administer economic damage payments, has settled nearly 150,000 claims, paying out almost $4.5 billion.
Most of that money, $2.6 billion, was paid in 2010 as part of an emergency payment phase. It took four months to pay the first $1 billion in "final settlements" this year, almost all using a quick-pay process designed to get rid of the simplest, noncontinuing claims.
Part I of II: Local Oyster Growers Gather for First Annual 'Oyster Flotilla' on The South River
The South River Federation and local oyster growers transplant this year's 'crop' into the oyster sanctuary in Glebe Bay.
By John Wilfong June 15, 2011

For the past nine months, private docks and community piers all along the South River have served as miniature nurseries for one of the rivers most vulnerable inhabitants—baby oysters.
Local residents participating in the Marylanders Grow Oysters Program in the area had the unique opportunity to plant their oysters on a sanctuary reef themselves this past weekend thanks to the South River Federation (SRF).
As part of a weeklong celebration of the South River, the SRF held the first annual "oyster flotilla." Riverkeeper Diana Muller and SRF volunteer coordinator Jennifer Carr were on the water as the boats of growers arrived at the Glebe Bay sanctuary reef to distribute their oysters.
Clam season ending; oyster season closed
Posted: Saturday, May 28, 2011 3:15 am

South Carolina's oyster season closed on May 15, according to S.C. Department of Natural Resources officials.
Clam season will close on Monday, May 31. Shellfish harvesting is expected to reopen October 1, 2011. Because of higher bacterial levels that occur when water temperature is above 80 degrees, shellfish harvesting is prohibited during the summer months.
Clam season will close at one-half hour after official sunset. Find out more about shellfish harvesting regulations at (Pdf file): . Coastal waters will remain closed to recreational and commercial shellfish harvesting for clams and oysters until the fall when water temperatures and weather conditions warrant the shellfish suitable for harvesting.
DNR maintains 72 State Shellfish Grounds for commercial and recreational harvesting of clams and oysters. Twenty Public Shellfish Grounds are managed exclusively for recreational gathering. Each year there are approximately three million dollars worth of wild stock oysters and clams landed in the states commercial shellfish fishery alone.
State Police arrest owners of Joey's Oyster House for allegedly writing $100k in worthless checks
ActionNews17 posted on June 09, 2011 14:18

HOUMA---Louisiana State Police have arrested the owners of Joey's Oyster House in Amite on charges of issuing more than $100,000 in worthless checks.
On April 5, 2011, LSP Region I Criminal Investigative Division’s Houma Office received a complaint from the Burnwick Seafood, Inc. (Dularge Seafood Processing), located in Theriot, LA, alleging that Joey’s Oysters, Inc., located in Amite, LA failed to pay $25,746.00 for seafood that was purchased and $80,084.22 in bank checks were written and returned as “NSF” checks.
State Police detectives gathered supporting documentation that indicated Joey’s Oysters, Inc. owed Burnswick Seafood Inc., an amount totalling $105,830.22.

Artichoke Cheesecake From O'Briens Grille
2020-A Belle Chasse Highway, Terrytown, LA 70056.
Telephone No.: 504-391-7229

1 cup parmesan cheese
1 cup breadcrumbs
1/4 cup butter
1/2 tablespoon olive oil
2 each egg whites

1/2 cup onions
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon black pepper
1 pound cream cheese
3 each eggs
¼ cup chives/green onions
1 cup artichoke hearts chopped
¼ c parsley

2 dozen large oysters (shucked)
1 cup white wine
2 tablespoons chopped garlic
1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
1 stick butter
1 cup heavy cream
salt & pepper to taste

Crust: Melt butter, combine cheese, olive oil and egg whites with breadcrumbs and press into foil-lined spring form pan. Bake @ 350, 10 minutes.
Cake: In mixer, beat cream cheese until smooth. Add eggs 1 at a time until incorporated. Add salt, pepper, chives, green onions and diced onions. Fold chopped artichoke hearts into batter. Bake @ 300 for 1 hour or until just set.
Sauce: Melt butter, sauté garlic for 3 minutes until just browned. Deglaze with white wine, reduce by half. Add oysters, cream, Italian seasoning, salt & pepper and cook until oysters are done. Portion over sliced cheesecake.

In Honor of World Oceans Day, West Marine Awards $30,000 in Marine Conservation Grants to Non-Profit Organizations Across the Country

WATSONVILLE, Calif., June 8, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- In honor of World Oceans Day, West Marine (Nasdaq: WMAR), the largest specialty retailer of boating supplies and accessories, today announced the recipients of their annual Marine Conservation Grants program. Grants for a total amount of $30,000 are being awarded to non-profit organizations throughout the U.S. who are working to "improve and protect marine habitat," which is part of West Marine's mission. This year's grant recipients are located in Florida, North Carolina, New Jersey, Maryland and California.
"We are proud to support recreational boating and fishing groups and marine environmental groups who are working together for abundant and healthy fisheries," said Randy Repass, Chairman of the Board and Founder of West Marine. "The work of these organizations will benefit recreational fishing, sustainable commercial fishing and help to develop a healthy fish resource and sustainable use of the resource."
2.North Carolina - Coastal Conservation Association (CCA): A non-profit grass roots organization with nearly 3,000 members in North Carolina dedicated to conservation of North Carolina's marine resources. The objective of CCA is to conserve, promote and enhance the present and future availability of these resources.
The funds will be used to work with PenderWatch to build 12 oyster reefs to stabilize an important but badly eroding island near Hamsptead, North Carolina. The site is now closed due to pollution from storm water runoff. Working with PenderWatch, a local non-profit, 2,000 bushels of oyster shells will be put in the water to help jump start new, bigger natural oyster reefs, which will rejuvenate the waters. For more information visit  or  .
4.Maryland – Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF) & the Maryland Saltwater Sportsfishermen's Association (MSSA): The CBF is the only conservation organization dedicated solely to the restoration and protection of the Chesapeake Bay and its rivers and streams. The funds will support a partnership with the Maryland Saltwater Sportsfishermen's Association from Dorchester County to enhance the native oyster population and increase available fish habitat in the Choptank River, a tributary of the Chesapeake Bay. MSSA will construct 66 reef balls with help from citizen volunteers in Cambridge, Maryland. CBF will transport the reef balls to their oyster restoration facility in Shadyside, Maryland to grow oyster spat (juvenile oysters) on the reef balls. Once these tiny oysters have grown to approximately the size of a fingernail, the oyster-set reef balls will be transplanted onto Cook's Point reef - an existing oyster sanctuary in the Choptank River. For more on these organizations visit  or  .
Toxins close shellfish harvesting around Corkum Island
By The Canadian Press
Wed, Jun 8 - 7:00 AM

The Department of Fisheries and Oceans has closed bivalve shellfish harvesting around Nova Scotia's Corkum Island.
The department cites an increase in levels of diarrhetic shellfish poisoning.
DSP results from shellfish containing naturally occurring toxins that are derived from planktonic organisms.
Partial lift in shellfish harvesting ban
Last updated 17:00 08/06/2011

A ban on commercial oyster farming in two parts of the Tory Channel has been lifted, but remains in place for any non-commercial shellfish harvesting.
Shellfish in the Tory Channel and Queen Charlotte Sound tested positive for paralytic shellfish poisoning (PSP) in March and a ban on shellfish harvesting in the areas had been in place for the past 10 weeks.
Last Thursday, the ban was lifted for commercial oyster farmer Bruce Hearn's two farms in Ngaruru and Oyster Bay after continuous testing showed the oysters had disposed of the toxin from their bodies.
A learning experience
Mussels project takes place of banned oyster farm
by Al Sullivan Reporter staff writer
Jun 08, 2011

For more than four years, the Bayonne schools worked to establish an oyster farm somewhere off the shores of Bayonne.
This was one of scores of projects developed throughout heavily polluted waterways of northern New Jersey as a method to help restore the ecological balance destroyed when heavy industry, unregulated sewerage plants, and other entities used rivers to dump pollution.
Then, bowing to pressure from commercial oyster farms in the Delaware River basin who feared unscrupulous poachers would harvest the crops of farms in the north, the state Department of Environmental Protection in June 2010 ordered the closing of the northern farms, literally undermining projects that had been underway for more than a dozen years and voiding efforts like those in Bayonne, where the farm was supposed to be used as an educational tool about the environment.
The Global Problem of Ocean Acidification
Posted June 7, 2011 in Reviving the World's Oceans

One year from now, nations from around the world will convene to discuss the future of our planet at the Earth Summit 2012. As NRDC’s President Frances Beinecke says so well, this global meeting must be one of action, and not of lofty promises.
There is precious little time to waste, and the issue of ocean acidification highlights the urgency for action. Carbon dioxide (CO2) from burning fossil fuels is changing the fundamental chemistry of our oceans. CO2 reacts with sea water to form carbonic acid. As atmospheric CO2 has risen, the oceans have become 30% more acidic over the last 150 years. This effect is measurable and undisputed, and affects all of the world’s oceans.
At the Earth Summit, NRDC is calling on the international community to develop, on an urgent basis, an integrated, international program aimed at monitoring the chemical and biological changes resulting from ocean acidification that are likely to have socio-economic consequences. Such a monitoring network is essential to provide coastal nations with the information necessary to prepare for the impacts of ocean acidification on fisheries, corals and marine food webs.
South River Federation to Hold Annual South River Days Celebration
A look at what the celebration is all about and what you can expect at each event.
By David Pecor | Email the author | June 6, 2011

Summer has arrived on the South River and there are plenty of ways to get out and enjoy it. This month the South River Federation will be hosting a week-long celebration of all things that make the river great.
The South River Days Celebration will run from June 7-12 and feature a variety of events including live music and plenty of opportunities to learn about what you can do to help the South River. The celebrations will also include a kayak trip on Glebe Bay and barbecue lunch afterwards with special guest retired Maryland state Sen. Bernie Fowler.
SRF events coordinator, Sarah Boynton has been a key element in ensuring this years celebration is a success and she shared a few details from this year’s events. The celebration will kick off with a meeting at Londontown Community Center at 7 p.m. on June 7.

Mark Gluis
Louisiana Sea Grant Laborde Chair & Oyster Aquaculture Specialist
South Australian Research & Development Institute
Adelaide, South Australia
Wednesday, June 8, 2011 1:00 PM
Louisiana Department of Wildlife & Fisheries Research Laboratory
Cooperator Building Seminar Room
Refreshments will be provided.
A tour of the Sea Grant Bivalve Hatchery will be conducted immediately following the seminar.
For more information, contact Dr. John Supan at 985-264-3239 (cell) or via email ( ).
A webcast of the seminar is planned for viewing at:

Virginia researchers to study oysters’ value as foodstuff for blue crabs, finfish
By Associated Press,

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. — Attention Chesapeake Bay oysters: Big Brother will soon be watching you.
To determine how valuable a foodstuff oysters are to blue crabs and finfish, scientists will place the celebrated mollusk under surveillance this summer.
Virginia Institute of Marine Science researchers will use a high-tech camera system to watch afar as blue crabs, cownose rays and other predators feast on the staid bivalve.
“It allows us to do something that has not been done before,” said Rom Lipcius, the VIMS professor leading the effort.
N.O. Oyster fest celebrates industry as challenges persist
Scott Satchfield / Eyewitness News

NEW ORLEANS -- It's a chance for local restaurants to show off creativity and for the Louisiana oyster industry as a whole -- an opportunity to expand its market.
A little more than a year after the BP oil spill, restaurateurs say the New Orleans Oyster Festival, now in its second year, gives the industry a boost.
"Slowly, slowly we're going to get back," said Andrea Apuzzo, chef/owner of Andrea's Restaurant.
Apuzzo and other local chefs prepared numerous types of oyster dishes in the French Quarter Sunday, the final day of the 2nd annual event.
CHESAPEAKE BAY: Va. meeting to discuss sustainable oysters, crabs
5:30 AM, Jun. 7, 2011
Associated Press

STRATFORD, Va. — Oysters and crabs are on the agenda for researchers meeting this week to discuss sustainable fisheries in the Chesapeake Bay.
The researchers are meeting today and Wednesday in Stratford. The group includes managers and scientists from around the Chesapeake Bay who focus on using science to make fisheries management decisions that cross state lines.y.
The researchers plan to discuss an in-depth assessment of the bay's blue crab population and how it can be used to manage the harvest. A final draft expected this summer will be used along with the annual winter dredge survey to guide crab management.
Lab-raised baby oysters planted in Barataria Bay
By Nikki Buskey Staff Writer
Published: Saturday, June 4, 2011 at 6:01 a.m. Last Modified: Saturday, June 4, 2011 at 12:12 a.m.

HOUMA — Scientists are seeding a public Barataria Bay oyster ground with millions of lab-raised oyster larvae and juvenile oysters in hopes of rehabilitating the grounds to help oystermen struggling after multiple hurricanes and the Gulf oil spill.
The state oyster industry employs 3,500 and has an estimated $300 million economic impact on the state. Louisiana supplies a third of the nation's oysters. But oyster grounds like Barataria Bay have been hit hard by major hurricanes like Rita, Katrina, Gustav and Ike, and the Gulf oil spill.
In an effort to keep oil out of interior wetlands during the spill, the state opened Mississippi River diversions like Davis Pond in the Barataria Basin to full capacity last year, flushing the basin with freshwater. The diversions wiped out as much as 50 percent of the state's oyster crop, and killed a majority of the oysters fished in Barataria Bay by oystermen like Lafourche's Nick Collins.
New Orleans Oyster Festival celebrates the Louisiana bivalve
Published: Friday, June 03, 2011, 5:00 AM
By Todd A. Price

As a boy, John Besh would fish around Black Bay and Delacroix. He remembers reaching into the water, grabbing an oyster or two, prying open the shells and slurping them down in the boat. Years later, his restaurant Lüke is one of New Orleans’ only reliable sources for oysters like kumamotos or Blue Points that hail from colder climes.
But Besh remains loyal to our local Gulf oysters.
“They’re meaty, they’re plump, and if you get them at the right time they’re really salty, too,” he said. “We don’t have that ultra briny flavor like oysters from other parts of the country.”
As a chef, Besh also came to appreciate oysters as an ingredient.
Cascade Irrigation District's new manager faced tricky start
Posted: Monday, June 6, 2011 4:00 pm | Updated: 8:28 pm, Mon Jun 6, 2011.
By MIKE JOHNSTON staff writer

ELLENSBURG — Richard “Rick” Lee took over as the new Cascade Irrigation District manager Jan. 3 and since then has had to handle two major flooding emergencies.
Lee, 42, knows a lot about water distribution, both for domestic water systems and rural irrigation supplies, and now he can say he’s had a baptism by flood of sorts, after working long hours with the irrigation district’s crew in battling the May 14-16 floods.
“I guess you could say I had a crash course on flooding,” Lee said last week. “But I have to say, the district fared relatively well, and it could have been much worse. I credit our experienced district crew for accomplishing what had to be done.
The Cheap Way To Do Philly Beer Week: On A Budget
June 6th, 2011 2:29 pm ET
Lindsay Lewis Philadelphia Budget Events Examiner

(Philadelphia - June 6, 2011) The opening weekend of Philly Beer Week (PBW) kicked off the brew festivities with a bang, from Opening Tap on Friday to events all over the city. Fortunately, the weekdays of Philly Beer Week are going to be just as exciting, though the plethora of events can easily become overwhelming. More ever, some events may cost an arm and a leg, even if they are pay as you go or a fundraiser for a good cause. Here's a simple guide to not emptying your wallet during Philadelphia's quest to kick every last keg in Philly.
Monday, June 6: You can reserve a spot at the Brew & Chew at Cavanaugh Rittenhouse, where $20 will get your four courses of appetizers alongside your Troeg or Victory brews. (It's always nice to get food along with your beverage.) Another option is the love child of Greater Philadelphia Tourism Marketing Corporation and PBW, otherwise known as the With Love Beer Garden. In the courtyard of the Four Seasons Philadelphia, this Beer Garden will be offering specials and promos all week along with their lineup of rotating guest brewers. Be sure to check in on foursquare because prizes and free gear could follow.
Tuesday, June 7: From 5 to 8 p.m., Di Bruno's in South Philly is offering up some free beer and cheese samples. Naked Brewing with Brian will score you at least a sip and a nibble so plan to stop by. Don't let the name fool you, only patrons fully clothed will be served. These tastings are actually daily until June 12, any time you'd like to start off your PBW night for free. The Philly Beer Week Tweet-Up, with prizes, specials and wine-bottle-sized beer servings, will be taking over the With Love Beer Garden hosted by Greater Philadelphia Tourism Marketing Corporation (GPTMC) and PBW at the Four Seasons Philadelphia. Expect to get your money's worth (and a free beer koozie).
Wednesday, June 8: Here's one for the suburb dwellers: at Uno's in Exton, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., Weyerbacher Wednesday will salute you with $4 Weyerbacher brews and a chance to mingle with the Dan the Brewer. Who knew a chain was so into craft beer? In the Philadelphia the deals are even better. Philadelphia Brewing Co. is offering up samples, presumably for free, at The Foodery. After the samples, head to the Oyster House and upgrade to a buck a shuck oysters and $3 Oyster shooters while sipping Victory beer drafts at only $3 a pop, which is just as good as $3 American Craft Beer Week.
Health department investigates food poisoning at the S.F. Oysterfest
Posted By: Heather Knight (Email) | June 06 2011 at 03:31 PM

From the looks of Yelpers' reviews of last month's San Francisco Oysterfest, there was more on the menu than just beer and oysters.
"I am calling this event Salmonella-fest" wrote one yelper who, not surprisingly, gave the event just one star. Others wrote of suffering high fevers, shaking and even visiting the emergency room.
The Department of Public Health was on the case -- and has determined the culprit was "campylobacter" which means "twisted bacteria." Sounds yummy, huh? It causes major food poisoning and symptoms last for up to a week.
Eileen Shields, spokeswoman for the health department, said investigators couldn't determine whether the bacteria was in the oysters, beer or any number of other food items served at the fest. After all, the food was all gone by the time word of food poisoning had gotten out.
Fishkill damage in Batangas, Pangasinan reaches P190 million
By Alexis Romero (The Philippine Star) Updated June 07, 2011 12:00 AM

MANILA, Philippines - The government has placed at P190 million the total value of fish lost in fishkill in Batangas and Pangasinan.
Executive director Benito Ramos of the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) said Batangas sustained P150 million in losses, and Pangasinan P40.71 million....
Bangus raisers to shift to oysters
Bangus raisers in fishkill affected Anda and Bolinao towns in Pangasinan province were advised yesterday to shift to oyster and mussel culture for livelihood and food.
Dr. Westly Rosario, National Fisheries Research and Development Institute executive director, told The STAR oysters and mussels have a potential export market.
Oysters and mussels can filter water of excessive microscopic plants, he added.
Editorial: Get the water right
11:00 PM, Jun. 4, 2011

The best advice we can give the federal task force studying how best to repair damage from the BP oil spill? Get the water right.
That's what task force members were told last week at the Saenger Theatre, and it is sound advice. If we do the things that make our bays and bayous and rivers clean and healthy, the Gulf of Mexico will be clean and healthy, too.
The Gulf is the leading producer of fin fish, shrimp and oysters in the United States, the task force was told — and it all starts with healthy water.
How do you get the water right?
American Craft Beer Pairings Galore At 2011 Savor
Monday, June 6, 2011, by Amy McKeever

A week of pre-event events culminated in the 2011 Savor American craft beer festival held at the National Building Museum over the weekend. Savor — which brought in 72 craft breweries from around the country, twice that number of brews, and a lot of oysters and food pairings — sold out, as usual, in less than an hour earlier this year. Eater was on hand for Saturday night's festivities, where Volt chef Bryan Voltaggio continued his collaboration with Flying Dog Brewery in an educational salon and Granville Moore chef Teddy Folkman was one-half of the team responsible for all 42 of the food pairings. On to the hangover observations!
1) As you might expect from a sold-out event, the National Building Museum was packed with self-proclaimed beer-nerd attendees who spent the night running around to sample all the rare craft brews in the house (some using handy checklists). But the longest lines in the house tended to be for the bigger-name breweries — especially a ridiculously long line for Dogfish Head's Hellhound and Namaste.
2) Choptank Oyster Company was shucking oysters all night for party-goers, which led to another ridiculous line.
Hundreds of Gulf oil spill victims represented by Exxon Valdez litigator
Published: Sunday, June 05, 2011, 8:05 AM Updated: Sunday, June 05, 2011, 5:31 PM
By Dan Murtaugh, Press-Register

MOBILE, Alabama -- Two decades ago, Gerry Nolting represented 2,200 fishermen harmed by the Exxon Valdez oil spill in Alaska and took the role of lead prosecutor in the class-action lawsuit, in which 32,000 claimants initially were awarded $5.3 billion.
Then he watched as Exxon fought the judgment all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court, which cut damages to about $1 billion in 2008.
Full distribution of the damages ended last year, more than 21 years after the spill occurred. By then, about 600 of his 2,200 original clients were dead, Nolting said.
Now, Nolting is working for clients hurt by the Gulf oil spill, but he’s trying to keep them out of the courtroom. His Minneapolis-based Faegre & Benson LLP set up offices in Bayou La Batre, Biloxi and New Orleans this year and has contracts with about 550 workers and business owners to guide them through BP’s claims system.
Groton Shellfish Commission: Years Of Overseeing A Favorite Coastal Pastime
From The Oyster Ground Committee To The Shellfish Commission
By Juli Mancini

Each town has the ability to form a shellfish commission as is the case with Groton. The Groton Shellfish Commission, started in 1980, was an expansion of the Oyster Ground Committee established around the early1900’s.
The shellfish commission is currently a group of 8 volunteer members who patrol and propagate Groton’s coastal shellfishing areas, sample and test water quality and sell seasonal permits.
“During the 1880’s the state set up a procedure for regulating the waters,” says Shellfish Commission Board Member, author of the book "Working In Waters" and Avery Point professor Steve Jones, who compares shellfishing to farming but with a bit more complexity because of water rights.
Despite heat, Coastians head for seafood festival
By EVELINA SHMUKLER - Special to the Sun Herald

PASS CHRISTIAN -- South Mississippians braved the heat Saturday to enjoy some Coast seafood, carnival rides and games, live music and arts and crafts at the 35th annual St. Paul’s Seafood Festival.
The seafood took many forms, from gumbo and crab-stuffed potatoes to boiled crawfish and oyster po-boys to fried seafood plates and shrimp kebabs. There were also tamales, ceviche, fried rice, egg rolls and lots of other culinary offerings -- though the heat of the afternoon meant snowballs were often the appetizer of choice.
Angel and David Freeman rode their motorcycle down from Hattiesburg for the festival, and were just finishing up some snowballs as they enjoyed the live music. It was their first time at the festival, and they especially enjoyed its location across from the beach, said Angel Freeman, where the Gulf breeze helped cool them off as they sat in the shade of the festival tent.
They hadn’t yet tried the food but looked forward to it. “We enjoy doing stuff like this,” David Freeman said.
Mississippi River freshwater advancing into Mississippi Sound
Published: Saturday, June 04, 2011, 6:52 AM Updated: Saturday, June 04, 2011, 5:41 PM
By Harlan Kirgan, Mississippi Press

Mississippi River water is continuing its advance into the Mississippi Sound with threads of the freshwater reaching as far as the east tip of Deer Island and even off Fontainebleau Beach, according to a Mississippi Department of Marine Resources expert.
"We've got it," said Scott Gordon, a shellfish bureau manager, of the freshwater.
"In a few of the areas, the oysters had stopped feeding and that's always a real concern," Gordon said. "In other areas they were still feeding, but salinities have continued to drop."
The water is coming from the Bonnot Carre Spillway near New Orleans, where floodgates have been opened to take the pressure off levees from the river's record high levels. 
La. begins first phase of oyster rehab effort

Louisiana biologists and scientists have deployed more than 100 million oyster larvae and 500,000 oyster spat to help rehabilitate oyster grounds affected by hurricanes in the last six years.
The state Department of Wildlife and Fisheries said Thursday the larvae and immature oysters were released in the Hackberry Bay public oyster seed reservation, located in north Barataria Bay. Officials say the specimens were deployed on test plots of reef to enable biologists to track progress.
The effort is the first of many ventures to help rehabilitate Louisiana's oyster grounds. The state plans to institute similar deployments of larvae and spat on other public grounds and private leases.
Before last year's BP oil spill, Louisiana produced about one-third of all oysters harvested in the U.S.
New Orleans Oyster Festival and WYES Beer Tasting on Saturday in New Orleans
Published: Saturday, June 04, 2011, 5:00 AM
By Mark Lorando, The Times-Picayune

The WWII Museum opens its new Kushner Pavilion, the New Orleans Oyster Festival and Toots & the Maytals top the list of must-do events in the New Orleans area today.
New Orleans Oyster Festival (500 block of Decatur Street, New Orleans) Local restaurants, such as Drago's and Bourbon House, will dish out oysters prepared just the way you like 'em at the festival, which also features music, oyster-eating and shucking contests, a largest oyster contest and cooking demonstrations. The fun is today and Sunday from 11:45 a.m.-7:30. Free. Food and drink will be sold. Visit New Orleans Oyster Festival website.
WYES International Beer Tasting (UNO Lakefront Arena, 6801 Franklin Ave.) More than 250 beers will be poured at the 28th annual tasting, which also features food, two beer seminars, a beer raffle and entertainment by Rocky's Hot Fox Trot Orchestra, The New Orleans Ragtime and Dixieland Band and the Kilts of Many Colors Bagpipe Band, 6-9 Sat. Admission: $35 in advance, $30 for groups of six or more and seniors in advance, $45 at the door. Raffle tickets $5, $20 for five chances. Must be 21 to attend. Call 605.486.5511, Ticketmaster or visit the WYES website.
The importance of nutrition in the vital organs
04 June, 2011 12:10:00
with Zodwa Baartjies

Our body needs adequate nutrition to function, the human body is composed of different types of nutrients that we eat regularly, and thus helps us live a healthy life.
Proper nutrition helps in attaining a healthy body, which is the key to goodness and overall wellbeing. Eating highly nutritious food aids the proper growth and development of the body in general, vital organs like the lungs, liver, kidneys, brain and heart, and the pancreas. Nutrition is crucial to our health, it is important for everyone, whether it is a child, a teen, an adult or an elderly individual. We can get the desired amount of nutrition through foods and supplements....
13. Oysters: Oyster are rich in selenium, magnesium, protein and several other nutrients vital to brain health. In one study researchers found that men who ate oysters reported significantly improved cognition and mood. Not all shellfish are good for you but oysters are quite good.
Facts for thought
Written by El Defensor Chieftain Reports
Friday, 03 June 2011 16:07

A Gulf Recovery Story
It’s been a year. I can finally “talk” about it. I promised an oil spill reflection moons ago. And now I’ll get my feet wet ...
Earth has lost approximately 85 percent of its natural oyster reefs to over-harvesting, coastal development and pollution. But Mobile Bay, opening onto the Gulf of Mexico, harbors much of the world’s last natural oyster beds. And Mobile Bay took Hurricane Katrina, and now the BP oil spill, right in the teeth.
The world’s once bountiful oyster reefs serve to shelter salt marshes and the sea grasses necessary for the nurture of hundreds of marine species. Oyster beds act as the tropical coral reefs of the North — nurseries of abundant life. Plus, an oyster can filter up to 50 gallons of water a day, thus naturally helping maintain healthy habitat for all.
Weekly farmers’ market debuts in North Providence
09:01 AM EDT on Tuesday, June 7, 2011
By Mark Reynolds Journal Staff Writer

NORTH PROVIDENCE — Oysters from Beavertail. Scallops brought into the docks of Point Judith. Lamb cuts from Hopkins Farm in Scituate. Chicken breasts from Baffoni’s Farm in Johnston.
It was all for sale at Gov. John Notte Park Friday afternoon as the workweek wound down and North Providence’s newly established farmers’ market made its debut.
A steady stream of customers arrived in the parking lot and walked through 11 tents teeming with food products from local farms and bakeries.
Viviani from Arlington Wins Third Annual Earth Day 5K
By Tom McCann
Thursday, June 02, 2011

On a cool April morning, 625 runners laced up their sneakers and put on their favorite "green" themed t-shirts to run the Earth Day 5K in Silver Spring, Md. The annual race is sponsored by Pacers Events and money raised through registration supports The Nature Conservancy and Oyster Recovery Partnership’s work to restore oysters in the Chesapeake Bay.
Viviani set a quick pace from the start and the hill up to the finish line didn’t slow him down. He completed the race in 15:35. Ethan Kearns, also from Arlington, finished a minute behind and in second place overall for the second year. Kearns, a Nature Conservancy employee, won the inaugural Earth Day 5K in 2009. Lisa Chilcote from North Bethesda won the women’s division with a time of 19:19 and John Finney Jr. from Arlington won the men’s 70-plus division with a time of 31:34.
The money raised from the race will help The Nature Conservancy and the Oyster Recovery Partnership plant over 5 million native baby oysters — called spat — in the Chesapeake Bay this summer. Oyster shells are recycled from area restaurants, cleaned and used to help plant new oysters in sanctuaries protected from harvest. The oyster sanctuaries provide habitat for rockfish, crabs and other life in the Chesapeake Bay, and the oyster reefs also help filter pollutants out of the water serving multiple benefits to the environment and local economy based on a healthy bay.
Maine scientists work to combat fatal oyster disease
By Abigail Curtis, BDN Staff
Posted June 03, 2011, at 3:54 p.m.

DAMARISCOTTA, Maine — Officials from the Maine Department of Marine Resources spent part of Thursday diving in the Damariscotta River to gather oysters to test for the disease MSX, which is deadly to the lucrative bivalve.
The disease is caused by the parasite haplosporidium nelson. It doesn’t hurt humans or other sea life, and also presently appears to be confined to the Damariscotta River, which went under emergency quarantine orders in October in an effort to halt its spread.
Jon Lewis, a biologist at the Maine Department of Marine Resources, said Thursday that 96 percent of the wild oysters scientists have tested there have MSX.
Shinnecock Oyster Seeding Facility Turns to Restoring Eelgrass
By Beverly Jensen
June 3, 2011

Eelgrass provides oxygen and food supply for bay denizens and prevents erosion.
The old Shinnecock Tribal Oyster Project building is somewhat active again. Once a state-of-the-art solar powered green building, long before green was green, the old project building, located on Heady Creek, has fallen into disrepair, and oysters don’t grow there anymore.
Back in the 1980s and 1990s and between episodes of brown tide that until recently, continued to plague local waters, the STOP was a beacon to a future that included seeding and then harvesting shellfish from the waters as an economic development vehicle. This time around, the Tribe’s aquaculture efforts at the site are centered on an experiment — an effort to grow eelgrass.
Despite rise in seafood harvests, those in the business feel squeezed
By Julian March
Published: Friday, June 3, 2011 at 11:28 a.m. Last Modified: Friday, June 3, 2011 at 11:28 a.m.

The state's commercial fish harvest was up by 4 percent in 2010, but the fishermen didn't necessarily notice a difference.
"It was only up a very small bit. It fluctuates from year to year," said Don Hesselman, license and statistics section chief for the N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries, which released the report.
Big oyster year
Oyster yields were up by 81 percent. Officials were unsure if the ongoing fallout from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill affected the jump in oysters landings in this state.
Fish & Co. gets a fresh start in 12 South neighborhood
New location a better fit for Osteen's Low Country fare
12:45 AM, Jun. 3, 2011

A restaurant’s success hinges on these elements: consistently good food, amiable service, pleasing ambience and accessible location.
In the case of the Hospitality Development Group’s Fish & Co., launched last September on the ground floor of the Adelicia condominiums, parts of that formula were already in play. Esteemed chef Louis Osteen introduced his interpretations of Carolina Low Country cuisine, garnering raves for his sherry-laced she-crab soup and spoon-creamy shrimp and grits. The dining room was elegant and service was informed and hospitable.
Yet, the public never embraced the Adelicia as a dining location, in this or any of its previous incarnations. At the same time, the Blind Pig, HDG’s barbecue joint housed in a prime 12 South location, suffered from inconsistencies in food and lackluster space.
Lake Okeechobee, Southwest Florida suffer from lack of rain
7:55 PM, Jun. 2, 2011

Lake Okeechobee's wet-dry pendulum has swung to the dry extreme, and the impacts are being felt all the way down the Caloosahatchee River.
Last year at this time, lake levels were 14.42 feet; on Thursday, the lake stood at 10.05 feet, and salt water creeping up the Caloosahatchee has created poor conditions for oysters and aquatic vegetation.
Lake and river conditions are the result of an ongoing drought. Throughout the 16-county South Florida Water Management District, rainfall since Oct. 2, 2010 is 9.18 inches below average. Rainfall at Lake Okeechobee is 8.28 inches below average, and in Southwest Florida it's 7 inches below average.
Oysters make you uneasy? Try oyster sauce instead
Vikram Doctor, ET Bureau, Jun 3, 2011, 08.55am IST

It's a common supermarket trick to keep tempting items, the kinds people might buy themselves as a treat, near the check out counter. I wonder if that's why at the City Lights fish market in Mumbai the ladies with the oysters are always sitting near the gates. The oysters are shucked from their shells and floating in bowls of water, and if you succumb the women will scoop the greyish white ovals into a plastic packet along with some water to keep them fresh.
I can rarely resist, despite knowing that oysters reflect the waters they grow in, so any from our sewage ridden shores must be suspect. I don't eat these raw though. As soon as I get to the kitchen I just drain them and sauté lightly with salty butter and lots of pepper, for a wonderfully delicate tasting snack. Logically I realise sautéing may not kill all possible germs – and I have also eaten the raw oysters raised in Kerala lagoons, where again there must be sewage problems . But I've never fallen sick from these Indian oysters, which means they are either safer than I imagine, or that my luck will soon run out.
But oysters are worth it, even if it's not easy explaining why. It is famously hard to describe their taste which is both strong and elusive. It is definitely marine, but not strongly fishy (they become more so when cooked), lightly salty because of the sea and sweet with freshness (or they should be), and also a hint of minerally bitterness. Above all, oysters are loaded with umami, that mysteriously savoury fifth flavour which must be why they feel so satisfying as they go down your throat. The only flavour they usually aren't is sour, which is the one addition that raw oysters need is some lime or lemon squeezed over them for a complete multisensory experience.
The once hard-core job of boat testing has taken a turn for the better in recent years, finds new editor Mark Rothfield.

A truckload of prawns, oysters, bugs and salmon fresh off the trawler. A professional chef sharpening his hunting knives in the galley. A Brazilian waitress wearing black … at least until they invent a darker colour.
Yep, it was all looking good for my test of Riviera’s new 61 Enclosed Flybridge Series II on a recent (and rare) fine day in Queensland!
The once hard-core job of boat testing has certainly taken a turn for the better in recent years and now, more than ever, the old joke about journalists is relevant: 'What’s the difference between a boating writer and a shopping trolley?' The answer is: 'Neither know where they’re going but you can fit more food and drink into a boating writer'.
Local Oystermen Supports Regulation to Open Bay Earlier
Local oystermen are asking the state to help keep oysters safe to eat. They're supporting proposed regulations that would get them out on the water earlier in the morning.
Posted: 6:30 PM Jun 2, 2011 Updated: 9:58 PM Jun 2, 2011
Reporter: Jerry Askin Email Address:

Eastpoint, Florida ----
Meet Richard Millender. He's been catching oysters his entire life. But now he and some other oystermen want to see changes in their daily routine.
Millender says, "If I can be here by three o'clock in the morning, by daylight, I'd be right here, so I can go home."
These oystermen are backing a proposed state regulation. It would allow oystermen to get out on the water earlier. Getting out before the sun comes up would keep the oysters fresh and healthy.
Local oysterman Tyler Hollon says, "Whenever they are in the sun they lighten up. If you worked at nighttime, they wouldn't lighten up.They'd stay fresh and wet. We wouldn't have no problems with them at all."
Chef Cory Bahr Crowned King Of Louisiana Seafood
by Louisiana Seafood Promotion and Marketing Board
Posted: Thursday, June 2, 2011 at 3:37PM EDT

New Orleans- Chef Cory Bahr of Sage Restaurant in Monroe was crowned King of Louisiana Seafood today after winning the 4th annual Louisiana Seafood Cook-Off presented by the Louisiana Seafood Promotion and Marketing Board (LSPMB).
Today in front of a crowd gathered at the New Orleans Wine and Food Experience’s Saturday Grand Tasting, ten chefs vied for the title of Louisiana Seafood King or Queen but it was Bahr who impressed the judges the most with his North Delta Bouillabaisse, which included Louisiana drum, shrimp, oysters and crabmeat.
Coming in 2nd place was Chef Diana Chauvin of La Thai Uptown in New Orleans with her Louisiana Seafood Chauvin, which included Louisiana redfish, shrimp and crabmeat on a bed of wasabi mashed potatoes and 3rd place was Keith Frentz of Lola in Covington for his Snapper Ella, a pecan crusted Louisiana snapper with a poached oyster broth.
Upcoming low tides will boost shellfish gathering choices
Posted by Mark Yuasa

An extreme low tide between Thursday and Monday should expose a lot of Puget Sound and Hood Canal beaches for clams, oysters and the fabled geoduck.
"Clam populations are good and we've got longer seasons overall on most of our beaches," said Alex Bradbury, a state Fish and Wildlife biologist in Brinnon. "We've added 17 months on 13 different beaches than we had last year for clams. And for oysters we've added seven months on 10 beaches."
Good shellfish beaches include Dosewallips State Park, Fort Flagler, Potlatch State Park, Duckabush and South Indian Island County Park. Note: All Whatcom County beaches, including Birch Bay State Park are closed due to Paralytic Shellfish Poisoning.
Key all smiles for more Bluff oysters
Last updated 05:00 03/06/2011

Err, go on John, say it one more time ...
If ever a prime minister wanted to openly drop hints on a subject, John Key didn't disappoint while on a tour in Invercargill yesterday.
Even though he'd been in the south only a fortnight ago, oysters clearly remained on his mind.
At not one but three speaking engagements yesterday he started his speeches with glowing references to the southern delicacy.
At the Bluff Oyster and Food Festival on May 21 he boasted he intended to eat his weight in oysters. At the Invercargill Working Men's Club yesterday he opened his speech with oysters.
Pollution threatens shellfish harvest
Skagit Bay north of Camano Island may be closed to gathering clams, mussels and oysters.
Herald Staff

The state is threatening to close a commercial shellfish growing area at Skagit Bay, north of Camano Island.
The bay is one of nine shellfish growing areas statewide threatened by pollution.
Each year, the state Department of Health looks at water quality data collected from shellfish harvesting areas. Data for this year show that poor water quality or failure to manage potential pollution sources could result in the downgrade of the harvest area.
Problems in Texas, Louisiana could diminish mollusks' presence on plates
By Sarah Moore
Published 11:05 p.m., Wednesday, June 1, 2011

It's hard times for oysters this spring.
In Louisiana, the heavy rainfall that filled the Mississippi and was siphoned off into spillways has inundated bays and coastal waterways with freshwater, which is anathema to the popular bivalve mollusk.
Drought in Texas has led to saltier than normal conditions, which causes problems as well.
It's expected to become correspondingly harder for oyster lovers to find the delicacies and prices are expected to rise as well, said Tracy Woody, general manager of Jeri's Seafood.
"Oh yeah, it's not going to be long before the price goes up and people take it off the menu," he said.
Munchy crunch oysters
Written by David Solano
Thursday, 02 June 2011

Fishing is a funny sport. Last week in a yak comp up at Budd’s Beach I failed to catch a fish, let alone get a bite. Talk about a turnaround. Saturday I fished with three rods, opportunist style, just taking advantage of what I floated by on the yak. I had a surface lure for the Tweed banks that had a foot or so of water over them. This was the rig that did the damage. I couldn’t believe it. Five legal bream around 28cms (the biggest 30cm to the fork) and on the Tweed. If I had been able to do this last weekend I would have come in around third place in that comp.
The Goldy is supposed to be the place to catch bream. The Tweed on the other hand is known as a tough bream arena; sure, you get plenty of fish but nothing like the size of the horses you catch up at Crab Island for example.
These Tweed River bream aren’t silly. Imagine if you were a bream. Oysters? Yes! So there’s the hint where to catch the biggest yellowtails. Fishing the racks is a challenge, as your reflexes and casting prowess have to be spot on. One spot I call the ‘Crunch’ I paddle by most weekends and I can hear the bream crunching on the oysters. They will take your lure but be daring and put your lure in the danger zone.Welcome back Mojo.
Norfolk woman sentenced for embezzling $2.3M
By Tim McGlone The Virginian-Pilot
© June 2, 2011

A former bookkeeper for a local seafood company was sentenced Wednesday to 28 months in federal prison plus 10 months of home confinement after admitting she embezzled $2.3 million from the company to feed her gambling addiction.
Leslie M. Coffman, 60, had been employed at Ballard Fish & Oyster Co. for nearly 20 years. She told the court in a letter that her addiction to online gambling surfaced when her husband became disabled and the family fell into a financial crisis.
Her attorney, Franklin Swartz, asked the judge for "compassion and understanding."
Oysters tops aquaculture industry
2nd June 2011

OYSTERS have proven to be the food of love for New South Wales seafood fanatics.
According to the NSW Primary Industries Minister Katrina Hodgkinson, the annual aquaculture report card shows oysters have remained the top-performing sector in the NSW aquaculture industry.
Ms Hodgkinson said oysters were the main aquaculture industry in NSW, valued at $42.3 million.
Volunteers do their part by bagging oyster shells
POSTED: June 1, 2011

Volunteers from near and far gathered Tuesday morning to offer a bit of assistance to their wildlife neighbors from Clam Bayou, bagging several tons worth of shells as part on an ongoing effort by the Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation's Marine Laboratory to restore local oyster habitats.
"This is absolutely incredible," said Sabrina Lartz, an SCCF Marine Lab Research Assistant and coordinator of the shell bagging event. "All of the volunteers told me they saw the story in last week's newspapers and were inspired by the pictures of the volunteers from the last shell bagging day."
Gathering in a small clearing adjacent to the main parking lot at Bowman's Beach, Lartz directed her fellow SCCF employees as well as more than a dozen able-bodied volunteers to shovel shells into heavy gauge mesh bags, tying off the ends and loading the filled bags into small piles.
June 18: Oyster workshop
Lewes workshop to examine viability of shellfish aquaculture in Inland Bays

10:49 a.m., June 1, 2011--Together with the Center for the Inland Bays and about 150 volunteers, Delaware Sea Grant is restoring Inland Bay oyster populations. Working since 2003, the partners have shown the feasibility of growing the shellfish in Delaware’s Inland Bays — Rehoboth, Little Assawoman and Indian River.
In response to recent stakeholder inquiries about the feasibility of commercial shellfish aquaculture operations in the Inland Bays, the two groups are hosting a workshop to explore the topic. The event will take place 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, June 18. It will be held at the University of Delaware’s Virden Center, which is located at UD’s Hugh R. Sharp Campus, 700 Pilottown Road in Lewes.
Speakers will include aquaculture practitioners, state resource managers, technical experts and decision makers. After the event, organizers will release a whitepaper on the proceedings.
Bears and Snakes and Deer, Oh My!
Mississippi floods recede slowly
By Marie Yeung Epoch Times Staff
Created: Jun 1, 2011 Last Updated: Jun 1, 2011

Floods present more dangers than drowning and property loss.
During the historic Mississippi River floods, Jim Walker, spokesman for the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, addressed safety concerns in a telephone interview. He warned residents to beware of snakes when they return home once the water recedes. His agency is keeping up with 12 adult black bears that are being monitored with GPS tracking collars. The bears are alive and well, Walker said.
Deer are less menacing animals than bears and snakes, though they can cause car accidents. He said that thousands of deer have pushed to the east ahead of the floods, but they will be expected to return to their home areas after the water recedes. Then there are two legged creatures. Walker said, “We are constantly patrolling the area and also preventing possible looting.”
Threats to the oyster harvest are feared, but so far have not materialized. According to Scott Gordon, director of the Shellfish Bureau of the Mississippi Department of Marine Resources, “We are monitoring the water on a weekly basis for low salinity and the water samples have been very good so far. We have found in some areas where the oysters have stopped feeding and closed up waiting for the fresh water to pass.” Gordon said a high mortality rate is expected for oysters and all species that live at the bottom, ones that cannot escape the influx of fresh water.
Watermen learning how to add 'tourist trap' to their fishing gear
Public is hungry for stories that only they can tell
By Lara Lutz

On a stormy day in April, the bright, tidy room in the back of the Neavitt United Methodist Church was filled with watermen who, temporarily, weren't on the water.
They clustered instead around tables and note pads, discussing how they might catch an occasional group of tourists along with their more traditional harvest of oysters and crabs.
These watermen, along with some family members, were participating in a new program called Watermen's Heritage Tourism Training. The training was organized by the Chesapeake Conservancy in partnership with the Maryland Watermen's Association, Coastal Heritage Alliance and Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum.
Residents return to flood-damaged homes in Miss.

Javier Campos returned to his neighborhood for the first time in nearly a month Monday to find the serene little enclave of fishing camps and homes a putrid, mud-caked mess after the historic flooding of the Mississippi River.
"It's too late for praying now," he said, stomping through the sludge.
Like Campos, many residents got their first glimpse Monday of what's left of Cutoff, an unincorporated community on the unprotected side of the river in Mississippi's Tunica County.
Authorities had already used machinery to remove dead deer and propane tanks from roads, but a thick layer of mud coated piles of debris and almost everything else in sight. Some of the houses, most built on stilts on the banks of Tunica Lake, had been flooded nearly to their attics. Only five out of 350 structures didn't flood.
La Perla offers a rare peek at Philippine pearls
Published: Tuesday, May 31, 2011

WEST HARTFORD – The source of so many of our prized possessions is derived from precious metals and stones buried deep within the earth. Diamonds, gold and other gems are true gifts from Mother Nature. A pearl on the other hand, is one of the few jewels created by a living creature. Oysters are capable of producing a number of different pearl shapes, including off-round pearls to tear-like drops.
Pearls are also produced in a range of different colors. Golden pearls from the Philippines have a rich dark golden overtone, which is completely natural and allows for exceptional luster.
On Saturday, June 11 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., La Perla Fine Jewelers in West Hartford will host a show and sale of pearls from the Philippines. The exhibit will feature a variety of authentic cultured pearl necklaces and strands in various colors, sizes and prices. Private collection pieces will also be on display featuring unique and affordable pieces.
Oystermen press for nighttime harvest
May 30, 2011 05:59:00 PM
David Adlerstein / Florida Freedom Newspapers

APALACHICOLA — Franklin County’s oyster industry are urging state officials to consider opening Apalachicola Bay to nighttime harvesting during the hot summer months.
A public hearing on new summer oyster harvesting rules last week gave officials from the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (FDACS) a chance to outline shorter daytime working hours for the Apalachicola Bay, all designed to help meet vibrio illness rate reductions mandated by the Interstate Shellfish Sanitation Conference (ISSC).
Vibrio vulnificus, a naturally occurring bacteria that thrives in warm waters and in shellfish during summer months, can cause illness or death if oysters are consumed raw by individuals with compromised immune systems. As a result, the ISSC has required Gulf states to reduce vibrio illnesses by 60 percent over baseline levels calculated during the late 1990s.
UNO investigators to advise state on managing public oyster seed grounds
Published: Monday, May 30, 2011, 11:00 AM
By John Pope, The Times-Picayune

The University of New Orleans received $632,880 from the state to provide high-tech help for managing Louisiana's public oyster seed grounds.
The three-year project, underwritten by the Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, will draw on experts in UNO's departments of computer science and biology.
The investigators are Thomas Soniat, a biological sciences professor of research, and computer science professors Mahdi Abdelguerfi, Shengru Tu and Fareed Qaddoura.
Hooked on seafood industry
Young oysterman reels in key Summer Shack role
By Thomas Grillo
Monday, May 30, 2011

Paul Hagan wasn’t born into a seafaring family, but the South Shore resident caught the fever early on.
After a string of jobs in high school — from selling seafood at a fish market to later working as an oyster farmer in Duxbury Bay — the 22-year-old has landed a job as head of the seafood department at the Summer Shack in Hingham.
May 30
Oyster aquaculture getting tryout
By Ann S. Kim  Staff Writer

SCARBOROUGH -- Standing on his pontoon work station, Nate Perry scooped young inch-and-a-half-long oysters into plastic mesh bags. Good weather meant an opportunity to deploy some floating bags and get the shellfish on the way to market size.
By this time of year, nearly all the bags have been set out. The warm waters of the Scarborough River will encourage the oysters to pump and take in nutrients after their winter hibernation. When they reach cocktail size -- 3 inches -- Perry, a one-man operation, will be able to harvest them and sell them to markets and restaurants hungry for Maine oysters.
Perry and Abigail Carroll, another fledgling farmer, are among the first to try oyster aquaculture in the Scarborough River. The location, with its tidal currents and particular nutrients, creates oysters that they try to describe with such adjectives as briny, sweet, creamy and grassy.
Miyagi oyster farms mirror Japanese ruin
Rick Wallace, in Miyagi From: The Australian
May 30, 2011 12:00AM

THE famous oysters of Miyagi on Japan's northern Pacific Coast once saved the French industry from disaster, but the March tsunami has left growers on the brink of ruin.
The difficulties facing oyster growers of Matushima Bay - who lost all but 10 per cent of their breeding stock to the killer wave - is typical of the predicament for businesses across Japan.
The Naruse branch of the growers' co-operative, which lost three of its oyster breeders in the tsunami, is battling fuel and cash shortages, and an astonishing collection of debris in their corner of the bay.
River water gives processors different hazard
By Kathrine Schmidt Staff Writer
Published: Saturday, May 28, 2011 at 10:54 p.m.
Last Modified: Saturday, May 28, 2011 at 10:54 p.m.

HOUMA — Already battered by three consecutive bad years, local shrimp and oyster processors say water expected to pour into coastal areas from the Atchafalaya basin won't help their situation.
Like the fishermen whose waters were closed off because of the oil last year, some processors found themselves virtually shut down for all or part of the season last year.
Flooding in the Mississippi River basin has the potential to worsen the situation by killing juvenile shrimp or pushing adults further away from shore.
But there's still a lot of uncertainty, and that outcome will depend on the severity of the flooding, shrimpers said.
Weeklies reader: Philipsburg's annual firefighter clam feed fundraiser deemed a success
By the Missoulian | Posted: Saturday, May 28, 2011 7:29 pm

PHILIPSBURG - You have to go to great lengths up here to get fresh seafood. Shawn Comings and Dan Shattuck were up to the task last week.
The Philipsburg Mail reports the two made an epic run to the coast to get the goods for the annual Philipsburg Volunteer Fire Department clam feed on May 20.
The firemen left town at 4:30 a.m. on Tuesday, May 17, for Olympia, Wash., and pulled back into town 20 hours later with 600 pounds of live steamers and 1,300 oysters. Even as the two firemen were headed west Tuesday morning, the clams were being picked off their beds.
Louisiana Senate to vote on two new specialty license tags

Two new specialty license tags are one step away from being established by the Louisiana Legislature . House Bill 299 by Rep. Simone Champagne, R-Jeanerette, cleared the Senate Committee on Transportation, Highways and Public Works last week and needs just a final vote of the full Senate before it heads to Gov. Bobby Jindal for his signature or veto.
Champagne's bill started out as a salute to " Louisiana Seafood " but picked up an amendment to also create a plate commemorating hospices and the work they do in the state. Champagne's bill authorizes the board of he Louisiana Hospice Organization and the Louisiana Seafood Promotion and Marketing Board to come up with designs for their specific tags.
The bill assesses an annual $25-a-year fee in
Clam season ending; oyster season closed
Posted: Saturday, May 28, 2011 3:15 am |

South Carolina's oyster season closed on May 15, according to S.C. Department of Natural Resources officials.
Clam season will close on Monday, May 31. Shellfish harvesting is expected to reopen October 1, 2011. Because of higher bacterial levels that occur when water temperature is above 80 degrees, shellfish harvesting is prohibited during the summer months.
Clam season will close at one-half hour after official sunset. Find out more about shellfish harvesting regulations at (Pdf file): . Coastal waters will remain closed to recreational and commercial shellfish harvesting for clams and oysters until the fall when water temperatures and weather conditions warrant the shellfish suitable for harvesting.
Franklin officials decry handling of recent oyster recall
10:43 PM, May. 26, 2011
Written by Amanda Nalley

Franklin County commissioners have sent a letter to Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam complaining about the handling of a recent oyster recall from a harvesting area in the Apalachicola Bay.
Commissioners said in the May 19 letter that the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services didn't do a good job of communicating to the public the small size of the affected area and the fact that other harvesting areas were safe.
They also expressed concern over how long it took DACS to recall the oysters after the U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued a public notice not to eat the oysters from March 21 through April 6.
Australian Rock Oysters Could Be Coming To The U.S.
by Samantha Townsend, The Daily Telegraph
Posted: Friday, May 27, 2011 at 3:31PM EDT

THEY'VE already developed a taste for Vegemite and Arnotts biscuits - now America wants to snap up our precious Sydney rock oysters.
NSW oyster growers are in preliminary talks with the US to export the seafood delicacy, a logistical nightmare previously deemed too arduous.
The deal will add to Australia's lucrative agriculture exports, already worth $29 billion, of everything from meat, wheat, wine, seafood, dairy, fruit and vegetables.
Annual North Carolina oyster festival seeks chefs
By SCNow Staff Press Release
Published: May 23, 2011

SHALLOTTE, N.C. -- The Brunswick County Chamber of Commerce invites you to enter your best Oyster Stew for fame and prize money. The Oyster Stew Cook-off will start at 12:00pm, Sunday October 16, 2011 at Ocean Isle Beach. Becoming a contestant will earn you the right to vie for the Best Oyster Stew Award while receiving advertising benefits along the way! First Place receives $500.00, second place receives $250.00 and third place receives $100.00. All winners receive a plaque.
Along with cash and prizes the past winners have received recognition in local newspapers and Chamber of Commerce publications over the past several years. In 2007, the Oyster Festival was named the number one event of the year by the North Carolina Festival and Event Association; In 2010 the Oyster Festival Events Director was named NC Events Director of the Year by the NC Festival and Event Association. Being a part of the Oyster Stew Cook-Off brings attention to you personally and also your business. You and your business with have exposure to over 50,000 festival attendees. Past winners have also been featured in local newspapers and newscasts along with photos in the Chamber of Commerce newsletter and Annual Visitor Guide.
Only 10 contestants will be accepted on a first come first serve basis. Both individuals and businesses are encouraged to enter the contest. The entry fee is $25. Reserve your entry today for this exciting and rewarding event!
Oysterpalooza! 2011
Sunday, May 29 12:00p to 10:00p
at Rocker Oysterfeller's at the Valley Ford Hotel, Valley Ford, CA

Price: $12
Phone: (707) 876-1983
Age Suitability: Kids and up
Tags: music, dining, wine, food, beer, oysters
Celebrate the bivalve! Seven amazing bands on two stages, BBQ oysters, Fried Oyster Po Boys, Red Beans & Rice, Spicy Crayfish, BBQ Brisket, Lagunitas Beers on Draught, Local Wines, Hurricanes and much more!
Musical performances by Alison Harris, Way To Go Joes, David Luning, Mr. December, Rose Logue, Ash Reiter and Crazy Famous!
Come and see a one of a kind music and food festival that you'll never forget!
Percentage of proceeds to benefit a local non-profit voted by our diners.
Oyster fishermen's plea to Council 22.05.11
FINE Gael councillors in Inishowen are to facilitate a meeting for oyster fishermen with Minister for Agriculture, Food and Marine, Simon Coveney, during his visit to the peninsula next month.
The pledge was made when a deputation from the Lough Foyle native wild oyster industry gave a presentation at this week’s Inishowen Electoral Area meeting in Carndonagh.
Representing the oystermen were Liam Farren of Whiskey Rock Fisheries Ltd, Paul McLaughlin, chairman of the Lough Foyle Oyster sub-committee and native oyster fisherman, James McKinley.
Mr Farren addressed the county councillors during which he outlined the importance of the native oyster to the fishing, business and local community and the need for its preservation.
Food, drink and adventure in Jersey's great outdoors
Jessica Beckett
May 23, 2011

They say all good things come in small packages. At just nine miles long by five miles wide Jersey is most certainly small but this tiny island is jam-packed with things to do, see and eat.
And it was on a food theme that my adventure on the place dubbed little big island began......
Natural beauty
The first stop was Durrell wildlife conservation trust. I’m not a fan of zoos, but Durrell was far from a zoo.
Set up by world famous naturalist Gerald Durrell in 1959 the centre has helped save hundreds of threatened species from extinction.
The guided tour brought us eye to eye with some of Mother Nature’s most impressive creatures – the highlight of which was the centre’s family of gorillas.
My nature adventure continued with a trip to the island’s oyster beds. Along with potatoes and cows, Oysters are one of Jersey’s biggest exports.
THEY'VE already developed a taste for Vegemite and Arnotts biscuits - now America wants to snap up our precious Sydney rock oysters.

NSW oyster growers are in preliminary talks with the US to export the seafood delicacy, a logistical nightmare previously deemed too arduous.
The deal will add to Australia's lucrative agriculture exports, already worth $29 billion, of everything from meat, wheat, wine, seafood, dairy, fruit and vegetables.
The US Consul General in Sydney, Niels Marquardt, toured oyster farms on the mid-north coast recently, saying Australia had a great reputation for its Sydney rock oysters, which were considered a premium product.
The Associated Press May 18, 2011, 2:21PM ET
Oysters may be wiped out in Mississippi Sound

Mississippi state marine officials expect the oyster industry could suffer extreme losses when record amounts of freshwater heading down the Mississippi River reach the Mississippi Sound.
Oysters will be hit hard because they're a stationary species; shrimp, finfish and crabs, which are mobile, are expected to be able to move ahead of freshwater entering the salty waters of the Sound, and the effect on the adults should be minimal, said Scott Gordon, director of the Shellfish Bureau, Office of Marine Fisheries in the Department of Marine Resources.
Gordon and other officials spoke Tuesday at a meeting in Biloxi.
Tables for Two
The John Dory Oyster Bar
1196 Broadway, at 29th St. (212-792-9000)by Shauna Lyon
May 30, 2011

The British chef April Bloomfield and the restaurateur Ken Friedman, the well-loved team behind the Spotted Pig and the Breslin, have reincarnated their baroque Tenth Avenue seafood restaurant the John Dory (which closed within a year of opening, in 2009) as a more casual annex to the Ace Hotel. Gone are the entrées and the overambition; new are a blasé attitude (high stools, no reservations) and the dispassionate embrace that you find in a place that considers itself the epicenter of cool.
Happy hour is a pleasant affair. Sunlight streams through the ceiling-height windows (even if the view is the wholesale-junk district of Broadway). A half dozen oysters—Naked Cowboys from Long Island or Stellar Bays from British Columbia—and a glass of cava or a Guinness and you’re out just fifteen bucks. At sunset, you might even think the place is quaint, with its mismatched chairs (upholstered variously in palm leaves, Scotch plaid, zebra print, fish print, and green and blue vinyl), fish taxidermy, and more aquatic flummery, including two charming, if large, globe aquariums. But then around 8 P.M., when it’s dark out and the music is pumped up, the after-work crowd disperses and the hotel scenesters roam in, looking for action.
Louisiana oyster crop hurt by spillway openings
Posted on May 20, 2011 at 6:57 PM
Paul Murphy / Eyewitness News

Oyster fishermen are a resilient breed.
Unfortunately in coastal Louisiana, they have to be.
In the past ten years they've battled major hurricanes, the worst oil spill disaster in U.S. history and now a massive diversion of fresh Mississippi river water into the salt water estuaries where the oysters live and grow.
"Once the water temperature reaches a certain degrees and the salinity is so low, the oysters will start dying," said St. Bernard Parish oysterman Curt Pannagl. "It will wipe your crop out."
Friday, Pannagl loaded his boat in Hopedale with rocks to use as bedding for his oyster leases.
But, he admits this year there may not be any baby oysters left to attach to the rocks.
Oyster lovers come in their thousands
Last updated 05:00 23/05/2011

Sunshine, wine and, of course, oysters were a recipe for perfection at the Bluff Oyster Festival, which attracted a capacity crowd.
Weather leading up to the festival on Saturday had pushed organisers close to the final deadline to dredge the 30,000 oysters needed but blue sky appeared just in time.
After the festival, Bluff promotions officer Lindsay Beer said organisers were thrilled so many people – including hundreds of out-of-towners – had attended.
"It [was] probably a bumper crowd, rather than a record-breaking crowd," he said.
Oyster Festival Lures Large Crowd
Monday, 23 May 2011, 12:04 pm
Press Release: Bluff Oyster Festival

Oyster Festival Lures Large Crowd
The appeal of the Bluff Oyster was again evident when the 2011 Bluff Oyster & Food Festival was held in Bluff on Saturday.
A crowd close to capacity flocked to the venue on Bluff's foreshore in perfect autumn weather with locals and visitors alike giving the Festival high praise, many saying the event was the best ever.
Festival Chairman John Edminstin was rapt. "I am very happy with every facet of the day. Everything went extremely well," he said. Edminstin also paid tribute to his committee and all those who had contributed to the Festival.
Chesapeake Bay Foundation: It's time for Maryland oyster gardeners to pull up their cages
First Posted: May 22, 2011 - 10:30 am
Last Updated: May 22, 2011 - 10:30 am

ANNAPOLIS, Md. — The Chesapeake Bay Foundation says it's time for oyster gardeners to start pulling up their cages.
The foundation says residents who have been growing oysters in cages on docks around the bay can return them to sites in Annapolis, St. Michael's and Solomon's Island over the next month. The first collections are being held Monday and Tuesday in Annapolis.
The bay foundation says oyster gardeners don't have to register, just bring their oysters in a sturdy bucket or other container that doesn't have to be returned. And please count the oysters to help the foundation estimate how many oysters will be planted on each reef.
Gov. Jindal Signs Oyster Industry Protection Bill into Law
POSTED: 6:32 pm CDT May 20, 2011

Baton Rouge, Louisiana -- Today, Governor Bobby Jindal signed HB 245 by Rep. Girod Jackson, which allows for raw oysters to be sold in Louisiana if they are refrigerated within five hours of harvesting, from the period of May 1 to October 31 of each year.
Rep. Girod Jackson said, “Our oystermen have been through enough with the BP oil spill, and I filed the bill on behalf of Louisiana’s oyster industry in order to protect our local small businesses.”
The new legislation keeps the standards the same as have been followed by years, said Dr. Jimmy Guirdy of the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals.
Governor Signs Bills to Crack Down on Bay Poachers
Supporters say the legislation will discourage poaching and other illegal fisheries activities by increasing penalities.
By Mitchelle Stephenson May 21, 2011

On Thursday, Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley signed into law several bills designed to protect Maryland fisheries and encourage shellfish aquaculture, according to a press release from the Maryland Department of Natural Resources.
The first bills, Senate Bill 159, sponsored by Sen. Brian Frosh (D-Montgomery County), and House Bill 273, sponsored by Del. Jim Gilchrist (D-Montgomery County), increases the penalties for oyster, blue crab and striped bass poaching. In addition, the legislation authorizes Natural Resources Police (NRP) to inspect commercial fishing storage areas.
In the state Senate, the bill passed unanimously (29-0). In the House, the vote was 126 to 11 in favor. The 11 House votes in opposition came from Republican members in Caroline, Carroll, Howard, Queen Anne's, Wicomico and Washington counties.
RI Tourism Award presented to Perry Raso, of Matunuck Oyster Bar
The South County Tourism Council nominated Perry Raso, of the Matunuck Oyster Bar and Matunuck Oyster Farm to be recognized with the Governor’s Tourism Achievement Award at the Annual RI Tourism Unity Luncheon.

PRLog (Press Release) – May 20, 2011 – WARWICK, RI – Each year, the South County Tourism Council nominates an individual, business or organization to be recognized with the Governor’s Tourism Achievement Award at the Annual Rhode Island Tourism Unity Luncheon.
This year's South County honoree was Perry Raso, of the Matunuck Oyster Bar and Matunuck Oyster Farm. The luncheon on Wednesday, May 11 at the Crowne Plaza in Warwick also recognized others from around the state.
The 26th Annual Rhode Island Tourism Unity Luncheon welcomed more than 400 tourism and hospitality industry professionals statewide. The luncheon was the highlight of the state’s celebration of National Travel and Tourism Week (May 7-15), recognized nationwide with myriad localized events in cities, states and travel businesses nationwide to champion the power of travel, according to the Visitor's Bureau.
SCTC President Myrna George presented the “Tourism Works for Rhode Island” Award for 2011 to Raso. The theme of the 2011 luncheon was “Partnerships & Collaborations” celebrating individuals and entities which spearhead cooperative efforts to promote local tourism and the hospitality industry.
Maryland oysters hurt by illegal harvests
Biologists say 80 percent are stolen
12:13 AM, May. 11, 2011
Written by KERRY DAVIS

ANNAPOLIS -- The fruit of a third of the work done by state agencies, organizations and fisheries to restore the oyster population in the Chesapeake Bay is being stolen through illegal harvesting, according to biologists who research oyster beds in the bay.
Others say that number is even higher, closer to 80 percent of the managed reserves and sanctuaries.
In all, fisheries Director Tom O'Connell said the state has invested about $50 million in oyster restoration since 1994. Yet the oyster population is still around 1 percent of historic numbers.
"We have to make some tough choices because if we don't, those resources and the watermen culture could really collapse," O'Connell said.
AIRDATE: May 18, 2011
Mississippi River Floodwater Could Create Long-Term Toxic Impact

JIM LEHRER: The Mississippi River flood played havoc with commerce today, while towns and cities in two states waited for worse to come.
Ray Suarez has our story.
RAY SUAREZ: By late Tuesday, cargo barges were once again plying the great river near Natchez, Miss. But they were moving at a snail's pace and just one at a time to avoid creating wakes that would put even more pressure on levees.
For most of Tuesday, the Coast Guard suspended traffic on a 15-mile stretch of the river at Natchez. And downstream, 10 freight terminals between Baton Rouge and New Orleans were closed due to high water.
DAVID DELOACH, Deloach Marine Services: We're having to reduce tow size and increase horsepower both on the Mississippi River system and the intercostal canal.
State closes two oyster harvest areas; allows some to relocate

Louisiana officials announced on Friday the precautionary closures of two oyster harvesting areas that are receiving large amounts of freshwater intrusion from the opening of the Bonnet Carre Spillway and from the Mississippi River.
Officials also announced that oysters in some areas east of the Mississippi River may be relocated from beds that will be inundated with fresh water to other seed grounds or oyster leases out of the way of the flood waters coming through the spillway into Lake Pontchartrain and into the Gulf of Mexico.
A special permit is required for relocation of oysters from an area closed for traditional harvest to an area specifically for bedding purposes. The permit is not required if the harvest area is open for harvest.
Sourced: Clams, an open-and-shut case
By David Hagedorn,

You might call it a tale of two clams, soft-shell and hard-shell. Or of two states, Maryland and Virginia. Or of watermen and entrepreneurs figuring out how to make the best possible living in a shifting environment.
While seafood companies near the Chesapeake Bay Bridge are processing oysters from Texas and Louisiana and crabs from North Carolina, my thoughts turn to a plate of delicately fried steamer clams and a heaping bowl of spaghetti dotted with delicate steamed littlenecks. And, as luck would have it, the largest producer of farm-raised hard-shell littlenecks in the United States, Ballard Fish & Oyster Co., is harvesting those little jewels all along Virginia’s Eastern Shore.
At my request, Tim Sughrue, owner of the Congressional Seafood distributing company in Jessup, arranged a clam tour late last month. We started in the upper Chesapeake Bay just off Kent Island, where independent clammer Bill Benton was harvesting wild soft-shell clams. (More on that later.)
Aquamarine and Pelamis set sail with new wave energy projects
Crown Estate grants 50MW of leases but sparks fresh grid concernsBy BusinessGreen staff
19 May 2011

Up to 50MW of new wave energy projects off the coast of Scotland have been approved by the Crown Estate, raising fresh concerns over the lack of a Western Isles interconnector to export surplus electricity to the mainland.
Aquamarine Power announced today that it has secured leases from the Crown Estate to deploy 30MW of its Oyster wave energy converters off North West Lewis and a separate 10MW demonstration lease for an area between Siadar and Fivepenny, known as the Galson site.
Vattenfall and Pelamis also confirmed today that they have been awarded a lease agreement to take forward the 10MW Aegir wave farm off the south west of Shetland.
Georgia ending oyster harvest season June 1
The Associated Press

BRUNSWICK, Ga. -- The Georgia Department of Natural Resources says it will close state waters to commercial and recreational oyster harvest June 1.
The closure announced Tuesday is designed to contain the spread of harmful shellfish bacteria. The DNR also shut down the oyster harvest last summer.
The closure is not expected to have much impact on area oyster harvesters. Oysters spawn in summer months, making it a less desirable time of year for catching the shellfish.
DNR Commissioner Mark Williams says most recreational harvesters refrain from harvesting oysters during the summer. He says harvesting from May to September accounts for less than 2 percent of the state's annual reported oyster harvest.
The ban ends on Sept. 1.
Oyster farmers feeling the affect of flooding
9:06 AM, May 19, 2011
Written by Lindsey Tugman

TERREBONNE BAY, Louisiana (CNN) -- Oyster farmers in Louisiana are bracing for the worst as flood waters from the Mississippi River head their way. This is the latest in a series of events that have threatened the industry.
Greg Voisin's family has been farming oysters here for more than a hundred years. Greg Voisin, owner of Gold Band Oysters says, "This is basically where the fresh and salt water meet."
Perfect for oysters, but get too much fresh water like during a historic flood and the oysters die. Voison says, "Being out on the water there's a lot of unexpecteds. It's very similar to harvesting any crop in the land or out in the water."
Japan Quake Dashes Effort to Overcome Oyster Herpes in France

May 18 (Bloomberg) -- A deadly virus is stalking France's coastline, killing at least 60 percent of the young oysters there since 2008. Japan's earthquake and tsunami may have wiped out the latest rescue plan.
The March 11 natural disasters destroyed the fishing industry in Miyagi prefecture, which produced 80 percent of Japan's oyster seeds in 2009. That is forcing France to abandon plans to import and breed Miyagi's Pacific oyster species, and find another solution for diners seeing fewer, and more costly, options.
The French eat about 108,000 metric tons of the mollusks, typically on the half-shell atop a bed of ice and garnished with a squeeze of lemon or splash of vinegar. Domestic production fell 38 percent last year, driving up wholesale prices 20 percent. Some brasseries in Paris sell the largest oysters for 6.5 euros ($9.17) apiece.
Oyster Farmer Drops Plan, Blames 'Harassment' from Neighbors
Peter Sebring of Bristol fought for months, but says he has given up the fight to create an Oyster Farm in Nanaquaket Pond.
By Sara Bagwell | Email the author | May 19, 2011

A Bristol man seeking to establish an oyster farm in Tiverton has reportedly dropped his plans.
After debating with Tiverton residents for months, Peter Sebring of Bristol said Thursday that he finally decided to throw in the towel.
"We gave it up," he said. "The bottom line was harassment. It was getting to the point where it was really messing with people’s lives."
Sebring faced strong opposition from the Nanaquaket Neighborhood Association, a group that formed a year ago. Members had testified that they felt the farm would negatively impact current pond habitats and recreation in the area.
Tentori takes impressive plunge into seafood at GT Fish & Oyster
By PAT BRUNO  May 19, 2011 07:02PM

Chef Giuseppe Tentori is the “GT” in GT Fish & Oyster, which opened about a month ago on the corner of Wells and Grand in River North. And for the first several weeks, snagging a decent reservation time at GT was almost as difficult as getting a seat at that other new restaurant where it was, well, next to impossible, to say the least.
Tentori is a chef whose star is in the ascendancy, so you can expect to hear more about him in the year ahead. But if you have eaten at Boka or Charlie Trotter’s (where Tentori was chef de cuisine at one time), you may already have experienced the culinary imprimatur of Tentori, which at its best is some of the best around, simply because he keeps it simple by focusing on flavor and substance rather than trickery and tomfoolery.
As his new restaurant’s name not so subtly implies, it is all about fish, oysters and other denizens of the deep (though there are three token offerings — one pork, one chicken, one beef — for non-seafood eaters). The menu at GT is smartly sectioned into “Cold,” “Hot” and “Oysters.” Under each of those headings, you will find everything from fish dip to fish and chips to lobster roll and, of course, oysters.
Foodborne Illness Outbreaks
Oyster Outbreak a First for Mild Strain of Cholera
by David Adlerstein | May 12, 2011

The raw Florida oysters that sickened at least 11 people during March and April were contaminated with an unusual but mild strain of cholera.
"This is the first outbreak of illness from this strain of cholera in Florida, and we have yet to be able to find any other cases in the United States," said Sterling Ivey, spokesman with the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (FDACS).
The toxigenic Vibrio cholerae O75 strain detected in the oysters, from one of Apalachicola Bay's most productive oyster zones, is related to V. cholerae O1 and O139 that cause cholera epidemics, but the O75 strain causes less severe illness.
Rising big river poses threat to La. oyster trade
(AP) – May 6, 2011

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Just a year after the BP oil spill crippled Louisiana's oyster industry, the fishermen face a new problem. Freshwater is set to be diverted from the mighty Mississippi River into the salty waters where the shellfish grow, potentially killing them.
To protect people, homes and businesses along the big river, the Army Corps of Engineers plans to open at least one spillway, sending water out of the river. The tactic may ease the pressure on levees, but it will almost certainly kill the shellfish, too.
Fourth-generation oysterman Shane Bagala spent months skimming oil to make money. Earlier this week, though, he embarked on his first oyster run, returning with a healthy catch. But he became worried when he heard the corps was considering opening a spillway.
Flooding could be deadly for oysters

Flood Tracker May 11, 2011 The oyster industry in Louisiana is hurting. From hurricanes, to an oil spill, and now flooding. Massive amounts of fresh water coming into salt water oyster beds could kill many oysters.
Texas lawmakers offer smorgasbord of bills on food-related topics
Posted Tuesday, Mar. 01, 2011
By Aman Batheja

State lawmakers are aiming for the stomach this session with a buffet of food-focused bills.
Elected officials have filed several bills that deal with specific foods. The focus may be small, but the impact on farmers, fishermen and restaurant owners could be big, not to mention the diets of millions of Texans.
Put the foods in these bills together, and you've got yourself a tasty meal on the legislative menu in Austin.
Meat and seafood
In 2009, federal officials sparked a firestorm when they tried to ban the sale of Gulf Coast raw oysters harvested during the warm winter months. Federal officials said about 15 people die each year from bacteria linked to eating the oysters. Congress blocked the move, but Sen. Tommy Williams, R-The Woodlands, and Rep. Craig Eiland, D-Galveston, aren't taking any chances. They have filed bills that declare that any federal regulations banning the transport and sale of raw oysters wouldn't apply to oysters sold and consumed in the state.
"New mandates created by the federal Food and Drug [Administration] would change the taste and texture of Texas oysters and create a negative impact on our state's fishing industry," Williams said.
Former state official indicted, tied to River Birch landfill owners
Published: Friday, February 25, 2011, 8:51 PM Updated: Tuesday, March 01, 2011, 6:57 AM
By Richard Rainey, The Times-Picayune

Henry Mouton, while a member of the state Wildlife and Fisheries Commission, waged an all-out lobbying assault in the months after Hurricane Katrina to force the closing of the Old Gentilly Landfill in New Orleans. In return, he pocketed $463,970 from a rival landfill owner, according to a federal indictment issued Friday.
The indictment identifies the person behind the money only as "co-conspirator A." But the document's details, along with other public records, provide evidence pointing to Fred Heebe or his stepfather, Jim Ward, who own the River Birch Inc. landfill company that the FBI raided Sept. 22.
The grand jury charged Mouton with eight counts of conspiracy, receiving illegal payoffs and lying to federal agents. (Read PDF of indictment.) It is the first indictment connected to a sprawling investigation of Jefferson Parish government corruption during former Parish President Aaron Broussard's administration.
State puts up $2 million to aid spring oyster spawn
Published: Wednesday, February 16, 2011 at 6:39 p.m. Last Modified: Wednesday, February 16, 2011 at 6:39 p.m.

HOUMA — To ensure that the state's oyster crop has a chance to rebound this spring after the Gulf oil spill, the state Office of Coastal Protection and Restoration has committed $2 million to “immediately” restore oyster grounds.
“The goal is to rehabilitate these grounds before the spring spawn,” said Mike Voisin, a member of the state's Oyster Advisory Committee, which was formed after the spill to address the major impacts to state oyster grounds.
Garret Graves, chairman of the state's Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority, announced the money at a Tuesday meeting of the Oyster Advisory Committee in Belle Chasse, Voisin said.
Blood tests show oil and dispersant chemicals
Reported by: Shelley Brown, Weekend Anchor Email: 
Contributor: Phin Percy, Photographer
Last Update: 2/06 12:08 am

Nearly 10 months after the BP oil spill, there are new claims that the disaster is causing big health problems. A Louisiana chemist and microbiologist said Saturday that independent blood tests show people who are sick were exposed to crude oil and the chemicals used to break it up.
"My parents throughout the summer had told me not to get in the water," said 22-year-old Paul Doom. Still Doom said he spent a lot of time last summer swimming in the Gulf of Mexico off Navarre Beach where he lives. Today, Doom has no feeling in his left leg and suffers with seizures daily.
He said, "in July, I started getting really bad headaches and internal bleeding. I would have nose bleeds and what not daily." Doom said doctors haven't been able to give him answers. Worried he could have been impacted by the Gulf oil disaster, he traveled with his family from Florida to New Orleans for a forum on the issue.
Convention highlights plight of struggling oystermen
Bob Greene / Eyewitness News

NEW ORLEANS -- The oyster industry was hit especially hard by last year's oil spill. Millions in profits were lost and hundreds of oyster fishermen still find themselves out of work. So, at this year's oyster industry convention the overwhelming question is when will the bleeding stop?
A colossal change in tenor was seen at this year's Louisiana Oyster Industry Convention, coming on the back of the BP oil spill and drawing a greater crowd, with all feeling greater urgency to get back to work.
"I'm out of business because of the oil spill and the fresh water," said Wilbert Collins, of Collins Oyster Company.
Norbert Domangue
Published: Friday, February 4, 2011 at 11:37 a.m.
Last Modified: Friday, February 4, 2011 at 11:37 a.m.

Norbert John Domangue, 79, a native of Chauvin and a resident of Cocodrie, died at 9:20 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 2, 2011.
Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today at Samart Funeral Home of Houma and from 9 a.m. to funeral time Saturday at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Chauvin. Mass will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at the church, with burial in the church cemetery.
He is survived by his companion, Jeanette Andrews; one son, Van John Domangue, and companion, Leah Anderson; one daughter, Cindy Sevin, and husband, Carl; five grandchildren, Channing and Alex Sevin, Travis, Brittney and Cayden Domangue; and five great-grandchildren, Kaédin, Seth, Brayden, Damian and Jorian.
Feinberg: Oyster harvesters will get double their losses
2/3/2011 12:44 PM By Alejandro de los Rios

The person in charge of a $20 billion BP oil spill compensation fund said Tuesday that claimants will have the opportunity to receive twice their damages from 2010 from "final payments."
Kenneth Feinberg's announcement came with the release of a new claims calculation process that will pay claimants for documented losses and prospective future losses.
Feinberg also said that oyster harvesters will receive double their 2010 losses, and that they'll receive damages for oyster beds killed when fresh water was diverted to fight the spill.
Oysters Approved for Export

SYDNEY rocks again -- and the world is our oyster. Hawkesbury River farmers have been given approval to export our famous oysters.
The tick of approval from the Australian Quarantine and Inspection Service is the first time Hawkesbury River oysters have been given the OK for export to the Asia-Pacific region. Accreditation comes seven years after the local industry was virtually wiped out by the deadly QX parasite -- a virulent disease affecting only Sydney rock oysters.
Eight growers -- including John Stubbs, now president of Broken Bay Oysters -- refused to walk away and their persistence has paid off. "Getting the runs on the board with AQIS was the biggest challenge," Mr Stubbs said yesterday.
Worldwide decline of oysters studied
Published: Feb. 3, 2011 at 9:49 PM

GLOUCESTER POINT, Va., Feb. 3 (UPI) -- Researchers studying the decline of oyster reefs in Chesapeake Bay say the loss of the bay's historical abundance reflects a global problem.
An international team including researchers from the Virginia Institute of Marine Science studying global comparisons of oyster reefs past and present, found that oyster reefs are at less than 10 percent of their prior abundance in 70 percent of the 144 bays studied from China to England to Australia to Brazil, a VIMS release reported Thursday.
Overall, the researchers estimate, 85 percent of Earth's oyster reefs have been lost, mostly from overharvesting, habitat degradation and disease.
Oysters are becoming 'functionally extinct' as 85% of reefs disappear around the world
By Daily Mail Reporter
Last updated at 4:16 PM on 3rd February 2011

Oyster reefs around the world are disappearing so fast that more than 85 per cent have been lost to disease and over-harvesting, according to a study.
The mollusk is disappearing from its natural habitat and is now 'functionally extinct' in many places due to over-exploitation, scientists believe.
In areas such as the Wadden Sea in Europe and Narragansett Bay, Rhode Island, fewer than 1 per cent of former reefs still exist.
Gulf Coast Seafood Safety Concerns
by Debbie Williams
Published: Tue, February 01, 2011 - 7:59 pm CST Last Updated: Tue, February 01, 2011 - 8:20 pm CST
Attitudes about seafood safety have run the gambit in the nine months since the oil spill. A recent study out of Louisiana shows 70 percent of those surveyed still have concerns about seafood that comes out of the Gulf of Mexico. Folks along Alabama's Gulf Coast say those attitudes are mostly based on misinformation and rumor and they are not worried.

GULF SHORES, Alabama - Lunch time and at Desoto's Seafood Kitchen and they are frying, broiling and feeding a restaurant full of hungry folks.
"I eat broiled flounder almost everyday." Lawrence and Susan Jones come every winter from Illinois.
It's the seafood and the hospitality that draw them here. "I know they wouldn't sell anything that was harmful," says Susan.
Rosemary Steele owns the place. She has battled the seafood safety issue since oil started rolling on shore.
Report foresees quick recovery from oil-spill damage
John Schwartz and Mark Schrope © 2011 New York Times News Service
Published: Wednesday, February 2, 2011 at 6:36 a.m. Last Modified: Wednesday, February 2, 2011 at 6:36 a.m.

The Gulf of Mexico should recover from the environmental damage caused by the enormous BP oil spill last year faster than many people expected, according to new estimates in reports commissioned by Kenneth R. Feinberg, the administrator of the $20 billion compensation fund.
That prediction will be central to Feinberg’s plan for paying people who claim their livelihoods were devastated by the spill. It is certain to be controversial among those who believe the damage will be longer-lasting and therefore should result in higher payouts for the spill’s victims.
Feinberg’s report, to be officially released Wednesday, will lay out for the first time the framework for deciding who gets final settlements for spill-related damage and how payments for future losses will be determined.
MSX strikes Maine oysters
by Dr. Heather Deese and Catherine Schmitt

A pathogen that has long plagued oysters in the Mid-Atlantic states caused an outbreak of disease in Maine oyster farms for the first time this summer, threatening a $3 million industry renowned for high quality and taste.
MSX, shorthand for the spore-forming protozoan Haplosporidium nelson, is not harmful to humans, and can be present in small numbers without hurting oysters. In fact, MSX was first detected two decades ago in the Damariscotta River, the heart of Maine's oyster industry. MSX can flourish under certain conditions not fully understood, infecting a large percentage of the oysters in an area.
MSX affects an oyster's feeding and reproduction, and over time the oyster weakens, including the muscle that holds the shell closed, and the oyster dies. Maine's oyster growers are well aware of the potential damage caused by MSX, as they've watched their peers struggle with the pathogen since it was first identified in Delaware Bay in 1957.
Oyster industry unhappy with new federal rules
Doug Moutn WWL-TV Eyewitness News
Published: Wednesday, February 2, 2011 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, February 2, 2011 at 6:00 a.m.

NEW ORLEANS -- Leaders of the Louisiana oyster industry told state health officials, they cannot live with new federal refrigeration requirements.
"It's an overburden," Peter Vujnovich said. Vujnovich is a third generation oyster farmer from Port Sulphur. "It's overkill in a lot of ways."
Federal regulations require that oysters be refrigerated within one hour of harvest in order to be sold raw.
VMRC to set aside 1,000 acres of prime water bottom for aquaculture
By Staff and Wire Reports

The Virginia Marine Resources Commission will set aside more than 1,000 acres of prime, state-owned water bottoms for the farming of shellfish in cages to further promote aquaculture in the commonwealth.
Under a plan expected to be approved at its Jan. 25 meeting, the commission would create 15 new Aquaculture Opportunity Zones.
The zones-identified through extensive, on-site commission inspections-are located on hard bottom, in clean shallow waters without underwater grasses that must be protected to preserve their value as nurseries for fish and crabs. These zones also are sufficiently sheltered, within reasonable distance of off-loading sites and are not within the riparian areas of waterfront property owners.
Survey Measures Post-Oil Spill Seafood Attitudes
By KEVIN McGILL Associated Press
NEW ORLEANS February 1, 2011 (AP)

A marketing survey commissioned by Louisiana's seafood promotion board shows more than 70 percent of consumers polled nationally express some level of concern about seafood safety following the BP oil spill, and 23 percent have actually reduced their consumption.
The figures, a mixed bag of good and bad news for the seafood industry, are the result of online canvassing of a thousand households in December — the first of three "waves" of such research that will help the board craft a public relations message.
BP last year agreed to provide the state with $30 million over three years to fund the marketing effort, money the promotion board hopes to begin using soon. The state attorney general's office will provide some legal guidelines for its use.
Katrina Cut on Dauphin Island closed with giant heap of rock
Published: Monday, January 31, 2011, 5:30 AM
By Ben Raines, Press-Register Press-Register

DAUPHIN ISLAND, Alabama -- Katrina Cut is closed.
The mile-long gap that Hurricane Katrina ripped through the middle of Dauphin Island in 2005 has been replaced with a giant heap of rock.
While construction on the rock pile is not yet complete, a Thursday inspection by the Press-Register during an incoming tide suggests the Gulf of Mexico no longer flows freely through the gap.
About a third of the 8,000-foot-long barrier has been fully completed, according to Thompson Engineering, the company contracted to build the wall by state officials. The wall was built in stages, with the first phase being two parallel rows of rock that stretch across the entire gap.
Posted: Thursday, 27 January 2011 3:10PM
New concern about baby Louisiana oysters
David Blake Reporting

Why are some once thriving oyster beds in Louisiana just not showing signs of growth? As the industry struggles to make a comeback since the BP oil disaster, there is hope scientists can figure out what's wrong. John Tesvich, chairs the Louisiana Oyster Task Force and he's worried about the future. The baby oysters called ''Spats'' are supposed to flourish but it's not happening in a number of key areas.
''The little oysters will comeback in droves and they just spat over everything and we haven't seen that,'' Tesvich explained.
So they're turning to scientists to figure out what's wrong. Tesvich ads right now it's something of a mystery.
''It's not just salinity, it's something in the water, maybe nutrients or oxygen levels that could be affecting the baby oysters,'' he said.
Summer oystering faces tougher rules
January 27, 2011 10:02 AM
By DAVID ADLERSTEIN / Florida Freedom Newspapers

APALACHICOLA — New summer oyster rules, introduced last year to further reduce the incidence of a potentially deadly food-borne bacteria, did not work out as planned, and will likely give way to an even lengthier period of restrictions in 2011.
State aquaculture regulators are busy hammering out modifications to summer rules to be introduced in April, one month earlier than last year, and to extend into November, a month later than was the case in 2010.
In addition, the revised rules are likely to require greater documentation of harvesters’ adherence to stricter time and temperature controls, and to call for stepped-up enforcement to ensure better compliance of these controls from harvest to refrigeration.
Oyster industry reports $20m loss
Rosemary Roberts | 26th January 2011

The death rate of young oysters on Northland's marine farms has now reached 50 per cent, equating to a $20 million loss to the industry, the Northland Regional Council was told yesterday.
The council unanimously agreed to take part in a response team of central government and industry agencies initiated by MAF Biosecurity NZ last month.
The team will carry out a wide range of investigations into the causes of the catastrophe as well as addressing social distress in the industry.
Virginia extends oyster season on the James River..
(Adrin Snider, Daily Press)
The following report is courtesy of Daily Press reporter Hugh Lessig...

The Virginia Marine Resources Commission on Tuesday agreed to extend oyster dredging in the lower James River through February after hearing from watermen who wanted more time.
Last month, watermen had asked the commission to allow dredging in the James until March 31, presenting a petition with about 100 signatures. Dredging is the practice of gathering oysters by dragging a steel basket across the bottom of the river or bay.
The commission's vote was unanimous. It set a bushel limit of 6 per day, down from 10.
However, the vote came with a proviso: Extending the season now could affect next season.
"The commission is giving warning here that there may be reduced oysters next year as a result of this," Bull said. "But the industry really wants this, so we'll go ahead."
After Six Month Hiatus, Oysters Return to Small Cajun Restaurant
Written by Jennifer Moore
Monday, 24 January 2011

On East Sunshine Street in Springfield, a Cajun restaurant called the “Big Easy Grill”—and its customers—are celebrating. It’s been nearly six months since they’ve been able to get oysters, due to the Gulf oil spill. And that means they’ve been unable to serve up their oyster po-boys, their special oyster dinner, and to throw them in the gumbo or the jambalaya. KSMU's Jennifer Moore stopped by to visit with them and to talk about it.
Inside, the southern Zydeco music is playing with its trademark accordion, fiddle, and French Creole lyrics. The smell of cayenne pepper, bay leaf, onion and celery greets me, as does the restaurant’s owner, Hank Visio.
He was born and raised in Shreveport, Louisiana, and he says it’s been a long wait for these oysters.
Visio: “Well, it’s one of our staples. And as a small restaurant owner, I’m sure there were oyster beds that were destroyed in the Gulf. Sometimes I wonder, as a small restaurant owner, why wasn’t I getting them? Because I knew they were available to large chains. And I think that’s one of the hard parts about being the ‘little guy.’ Because you don’t get the preferential treatment.”
Alabama oyster bed restoration among first since Gulf oil spill
Published: Monday, January 24, 2011, 7:38 AM Updated: Monday, January 24, 2011, 7:40 AM
By The Associated Press

Volunteers from across the country are rebuilding oyster reefs along the Gulf of Mexico's delicate shoreline, hoping to revive oyster beds under assault for decades from overharvesting, coastal development, pollution, and most recently the BP oil spill.
The waters harbor much of the world's last remaining productive natural oyster beds, but BP PLC's April 20 oil well blowout dumped millions of gallons of crude into the Gulf and dealt yet another blow to the once bountiful habitat.
This weekend, volunteers descended on Mobile Bay with 23,000 bags of oyster shells aimed at eventually creating 100 miles of new oyster reefs near the shoreline. The goal is to help replenish oyster reefs that promote new growth, help protect delicate salt marshes and sea grasses, and act like coral in the tropics to provide habitat for numerous marine species.
For businesses, claims process still frustrating
By Kathrine Schmidt Staff Writer
Published: Sunday, January 23, 2011 at 6:01 a.m. Last Modified: Saturday, January 22, 2011 at 10:48 p.m.

HOUMA — After nearly six months of working on oil-spill business claims, the process is still a daily struggle, according to state-hired contractors who are helping companies with the process. Daphnie Domino has been working at the Terrebonne Economic Development Authority office in recent months to assist local businesses, along with Katherine Gilbert, the group's business retention and expansion director. There's still a great deal of frustration and anxiety over the future, they say.
“It's been a big ripple effect, with the fishermen first and foremost,” said Domino, who has completed more than 300 meetings and phone calls with area businesses on the topic. “They're worried they're not going to be compensated for their future losses.”
Months after the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, many commercial fishermen and seafood processors are working through the process, as are hotels, restaurants, real-estate and other businesses.
At this stage, the consultants say most businesses that have applied for oil-spill claims have received some form of emergency payment. But many have failed to get the full extent of what they've asked for, and inconsistency continues to mark the process.
Hundreds of volunteers converge on shores of Mobile Bay to help create reefs and marshland
Published: Saturday, January 22, 2011, 7:42 PM Updated: Saturday, January 22, 2011, 8:09 PM
By David Ferrara, Press-Register Press-Register

MOBILE, Ala. -- His waders covered in 50 hours’ worth of muck, Jeff DeQuattro took a rare break today, looking toward Gaillard Island, to observe the ecosystem he was helping protect.
A project manager with the Nature Conservancy, DeQuattro had spent the days prior helping haul pallets and 23,000 bags of oyster shells to Helen Wood Park, on the western shore of Mobile Bay, where volunteers were restoring the coastline.
"All the birds out there can feed here now," he said. "We want to save this shoreline so people can see how productive this ecosystem is." 
Abandoned crab traps become homes for oysters
By Jeff Hampton The Virginian-Pilot
© January 23, 2011

Old crab pots from the Currituck, Albemarle and Pamlico sounds could become new homes for oysters and bolster the sought-after-but-struggling species.
Marine scientists from the University of North Carolina plan to collect the box -shaped wire traps, remove the prickly entrances that prevent escapes, cut exit holes and place them in waters near Beaufort.
Oysters love to gather on unused crab pots and appear to prosper there, said Joel Fodrie, an assistant professor with UNC's Institute of Marine Sciences.
La Nina soaks shellfish Industry
Posted on January 21, 2011 at 7:42 PM

Updated Friday, Jan 21 at 7:42 PM

NEAR EDISON, Wash. -- The weather phenomenon known as La Nina has already worn out her welcome with the Northwest shellfish industry.
La Nina is associated with bringing unusually wet weather to her victims and she is living up to the reputation. Heavy rains have moved through the region for the last several months and, when they raise river levels to an established level, state officials automatically close shellfish harvests in problem areas.
That happened again Friday to shellfish operators in Northwest Washington's Samish Bay. Workers with Taylor Shellfish and other harvesters raced to get as many clams and oysters out of the water before the bay was closed due to concerns over bacteria contamination. Heavy rains send a potentially dangerous dose of human and animal waste downstream from farms and communities to Puget Sound. In areas with historic bacterial problems, like Samish Bay, that triggers an automatic five day closure.
Louisiana oysters making a comeback
Reported by: Evan Anderson, Reporter q
Last Update: 1/21 6:42 pm

New Orleans - For the first time since the BP oil spill, one popular restaurant is serving up fresh Louisiana oysters, exclusively, all week.
Some see it as a sign that the struggling industry is slowly coming back but one New Orleans distributor says the struggle, is far from over.
Over at Drago's restaurant in Metairie one customer from Texas, Mike Tooley, says the Louisiana oysters are fresher than the one's he gets back home.
St. Bernard residents oppose diversion channel in MR-GO restoration plan
Published: Thursday, January 20, 2011, 9:56 PM Updated: Thursday, January 20, 2011, 10:54 PM
By Benjamin Alexander-Bloch, The Times-Picayune

At the first of three public meetings on the Army Corps of Engineers $2.9 billion plan to restore the Mississippi River-Gulf Outlet ecosystem, there were many corps jokes, and much corps bashing, with anger centering over the proposed diversion channel through the unpopulated Sinclaire Tract in Meraux.
Several hundred people attended the Chalmette meeting on Thursday night that opened with a 20-minute presentation by the corps, followed with a 40-minute slideshow by St. Bernard Parish President Craig Taffaro and concluded with public commentary.
Most of the public commentators, virtually all of whom were St. Bernard residents, pitted the struggle over the diversion in stark terms, with flared emotions decrying it would either be the end of their livelihoods or a slash across the physical, emotional and cultural belly of their parish.
Bounty of the Sea
Invasivorism Hits Texas: Eating the Snails That Eat Our Oysters
By Katharine Shilcutt, Thu., Jan. 20 2011 @ 1:40PM

The tiny snails don't look like much, their spiraling shells in varying shades of chocolate and taupe hiding a sluggish little creature inside. But these snails -- called tingles in the United Kingdom and drills here in the United States -- are deadly to Gulf Coast oysters.
With miniature teeth-like appendages called radula, the drills do just that: drill through an oyster's tough shell after softening it with a secretion of sulfuric acid. The drill eats the soft oyster from the inside out, leaving only a tiny bored hole behind as a calling card to frustrated oyster fishermen from here to England.
"They're big predators of oysters," P.J. Stoops sighed over the phone. Stoops, a well-known local fishmonger and forager who now works for Louisiana Seafood, has more than a passing familiarity with the invasive species. But he also has a solution for them.
Oyster reefs project to begin in Mobile Bay
Associated Press - January 20, 2011 7:04 AM ET

MOBILE, Ala. (AP) - An effort to create 100 miles of oyster reefs and 1,000 acres of marsh in Mobile Bay is set to begin.
The project is scheduled to start Saturday morning. The goal is for volunteers to place 23,000 bags of oyster shells just off the bayfront shoreline of Helen Wood Park, creating the first quarter mile of reefs.
The 100-1,000: Restore Coastal Alabama Partnership calls Mobile Bay 1 of the largest potential areas for restoration, replacement and enhancement of lost habitats on the northern Gulf Coast.
L.D.W.F. Agents Cite Six Louisianans for Oyster Violations

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Enforcement Division agents cited six Louisiana individuals for alleged oyster violations on March 17 in Cameron Parish.
Agents cited Jerell Dwayne Christopher, 52, of Abbeville; Carroll Henderson Laws, 71, of Abbeville; Matthew Gaskins, Jr., 54, of Lake Charles; Waverly Evans Levere, 53, of Abbeville; Hubern Ray Doxey, Jr., 18, of Cameron; and Angela Kay Trahan, 21, of Creole; for unlawfully taking oysters from state water bottoms in Calcasieu Lake.
Christopher was also cited for failing to display proper numbers on his oyster vessel. Doxey was also cited for taking undersized oysters from a natural reef.
Due to complaints received at the Lake Charles office and regular patrols concerning oystering in closed areas of Calcasieu Lake, LDWF Enforcement dispatched a plane to patrol the area by air. Special concern was given to a cultch planting on a reef on the south end of the lake, which is a closed area for oystering.
For the Bay: Chesapeake nutrient imbalance must be addressed
Tuesday, January 18, 2011

University Park, Pa. -- The problem plaguing the Chesapeake Bay is widely known and obvious, according to a crops and soils expert in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences. But after decades of trying to save the famous estuary by spending billions of dollars on pollution-control measures, we have made a lot of progress but we still have a long way to go to solve the problem.
The bay watershed is out of balance, noted Doug Beegle, distinguished professor of agronomy. Simple to say, easy to see -- devilishly difficult to fix in today's world. And while agriculture is not entirely to blame -- excess nutrients also are coming from sewage-treatment plants and urban runoff -- about half of the problem involves farm fields and agricultural facilities.
Simply put, too many nutrients are brought into the Chesapeake drainage in the form of grain from places like the Midwest to feed cattle, pigs and poultry in Pennsylvania, Maryland and Virginia. The animals convert only about a quarter of the nutrients in the grain into meat, milk and eggs, and the remainder -- in the form of nitrogen and phosphorous in manure -- doesn't leave the watershed.
Wild oysters removed by volunteers
Tuesday, 18/01/2011

Volunteers from the South Australian oyster industry have managed to clear hundreds of thousands of wild oysters in a bid to stop them spreading any further.
The wild oysters have been cleared from around the Ceduna and Coffin Bay region.
They grow from the larvae that has moved away from oyster farm leases.
Marine Biosecurity manager with Biosecurity SA Dr Michael Seirp says the wild oysters can cause a number of problems.
"Wild oysters can be a threat to biodiversity, also to the production of oysters through competition with the oysters in the leases and also public amenities because they can colonise the reef systems thereby making the reefs dangerous with their sharp shells," he says.
Ground zero of a rising sea
Experiment under way at Point Peter saltwater marsh could be used elsewhere if successful.
By Bruce Henderson
Posted: Sunday, Jan. 16, 2011

MANNS HARBOR A vision of North Carolina's climate future lies down a dirt road that disappears into Croatan Sound.
The road leads to windswept Point Peter, on the eastern edge of the Albemarle-Pamlico Peninsula, where the shore is crumbling.
The water is growing saltier as wind-driven ocean water invades the brackish sound, turning peat soils into gelatinous blobs and gnawing away 5 meters of shoreline a year.
Saltwater marshes like this one normally stay ahead of rising water by trapping sediments, building soil. Here sea level is rising too fast - 1.3 inches a decade - for that to happen. As saltwater intrudes into the peat under it, the marsh subsides, compounding the problem.
Panel says no oyster farming
Potomac River Fisheries Commission sinks efforts to promote oyster gardening
Date published: 1/16/2011

Much to his dismay, Michael Wardman of Colonial Beach recently discovered that oyster gardening is illegal in the Potomac River.
"I can't believe it. I've talked about it with a lot of people in Maryland and Virginia and they can't believe it either," Wardman said.
Both states encourage oyster gardening in their Chesapeake Bay waters to improve water quality and to help restore the once plentiful species, Wardman said. He said he wanted to attach an oyster cage to his pier in the river and to help establish a community oyster garden at the Town Pier.
Marshes remain blackened by oil from BP blowout
By AMY WOLD Advocate staff writer
Published: Jan 16, 2011 - Page: 1A

It smells like oil.
Swaths of marsh grass in Bay Jimmy are flattened, glued together with a brown sludge.
Step into mud, and the hole fills up with a dark, oily substance.
Six months after BP stopped oil from gushing out of its blown Deepwater Horizon well in the Gulf of Mexico, stretches of Louisiana’s coastline remain visibly soiled.
In many other areas, the oil is out of sight but still there, sometimes nearly two feet underground.
Posted: Saturday, January 15, 2011 10:20 am
Judge dismisses DEP’s suit over deepening of Delaware
By MICHAEL MILLER Staff Writer pressof

A federal judge has dismissed the state's claims over the controversial deepening of the Delaware River that New Jersey fears could affect oysters and wildlife.
The state Department of Environmental Protection sued the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in U.S. District Court in Trenton over what the state says was inadequate environmental testing and monitoring of contamination in the dredge spoils and water.
DEP tests of river sediments found elevated levels of heavy metals and other contaminants that could pose a danger to fish and wildlife, the state said.                                                                                                                                           
Oyster Sizes Smaller This Season
01/14/11 - 06:11 PM
Mary Scott Speigner - 
Panama City Beach, Fla:

Complaints are rolling in from customers, restaurants, and distributors alike. They say the oysters this season are too small.
“There is definitely a difference this year in what we’re seeing at the plate,” said Sandbar Restaurant owner Dave Humphreys.
“I have seen them smaller this season than in past seasons,” said oyster eater Nathan Major.
The Sandbar Restaurant makes their living off of seafood. Their main draw is oysters. 
Oyster harvest a long way off
Matt Deans | 13th January 2011

OYSTER rafts have held firm in the flooded Bellinger and Kalang rivers, but growers' hopes of an Easter harvest have suffered a blow.
As the swollen rivers receded yesterday, industry stakeholders inspected their leases and cleared flood debris.
Urunga grower John Lindsay currently has 20,000 dozen, valued around $120,000, in the Bellinger River.
Domestic catfish production declines
Wednesday, March 30, 2011, 02:40 (GMT + 9)

Higher feed and fuel prices plus the inflow of Asian fish are causing catfish production in catfish-producing states to plummet. The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) says catfish processing has fallen by 32 per cent across the US compared to february 2010.
Louisiana, Mississippi, Arkansas and Alabama, among other catfish-producing states, have all slashed the number of ac they use for production, said Dennis Burns, LSU AgCenter county agent.
“The Louisiana catfish industry is pretty much going out of business. Cheaper imports along with higher fuel and feed prices are squeezing the profit margin out of the business,” he commented, reports Delta Farm Press.
Bolton: Vern Minton made fishing in the Gulf of Mexico off Alabama coast better
Published: Sunday, January 09, 2011, 2:00 PM
By Michael C. Bolton

Chances are that even if you have fished off Alabama's Gulf Coast a lot in your life, you didn't know Vern Minton. Minton was just one of the reasons that you liked to fish there and you didn't even know it.
Minton, the director of the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources' Marine Resources Division, passed away a few days ago at the age of 61. A knee replacement was followed by staph infection and his health kept getting worse. It just doesn't seem possible that such a thing could take down the likes of the 6-foot-6 Minton.
Minton was an imposing figure and that was effective in the many battles between recreational fishermen and commercial fishermen. There were some nasty battles through the years but in the end both groups accepted compromises and did so with grins that only Minton could have evoked.
27,000 pounds of tarballs on Petit Bois, Horn islands keep oil spill cleanup workers busy
Published: Saturday, January 08, 2011, 7:30 AM Updated: Saturday, January 08, 2011, 8:08 AM
By Michael Dumas, Press-Register The Mississippi Press

HORN ISLAND, Mississippi -- BP's cleanup of the Mississippi coast and its barrier islands resumed this week after an 11-day holiday hiatus, and according to officials, Petit Bois and Horn islands continue to be where a majority of the tar balls and patties are being collected.
More than 2.6 million pounds of oil-related material have been collected from June to December along the Jackson County mainland and the two islands south of its shores.
Horn and Petit Bois were each cleaned of more than 1 million pounds of tar material each, according to BP.
During that same period, almost 600,000 pounds were collected in Harrison County, which includes the mainland and Cat, East and West Ship Islands.
Gulf Oil Spill Still Fouling Louisiana Marshes
HARRY R. WEBER 01/ 7/11 06:50 PM

PORT SULPHUR, La. — Federal and Louisiana officials got into a heated argument Friday over the cleanup of oiled marshes during a tour of an area that remains fouled 8 1/2 months after the Deepwater Horizon rig explosion in the Gulf of Mexico.
State and Plaquemines Parish officials took media on a boat tour of Barataria Bay, pointing out an area where oil continues to eat away at marshes and protective boom is either absent or has been gobbled up by the oil. The heavily saturated area that reporters saw was 30 feet to 100 feet wide in sections. No cleanup workers were there when reporters toured the area.
The marshes are critical to the Louisiana coast because they protect the shore from hurricanes and serve as a nursery for Gulf sea life.
Government may assist shell fishermen
By Dan Aceto Staff Writer

Commercial fishermen throughout the state may soon receive compensation for what Maine Sen. Olympia Snowe described as the “worst year in recent memory” for the Maine shellfish industry in 2009.
Snowe announced Dec. 22 that the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration declared a fisheries disaster for the shellfish industry in 2009, due to “the most virulent red tide bloom Maine has experienced since the early 1980s,” according to a press release.
Terry Twomey, like many other commercial clam harvesters in Scarborough, relies on the sale of shellfish to earn a living and knows all too well how natural disasters such as red tide can devastate fishermen.
A Look at How the Gulf Oil Spill Impacted Oysters in the Chesapeake
Local experts say they saw a decrease in both prices and demand in the 2010 oyster season.
By David Pecor | January 3, 2011

After the BP oil spill last April caused massive closures of fisheries in the Gulf of Mexico, the lack of competition from Gulf coast seafood suppliers was good for Maryland watermen as the season opened. However as the oyster season progressed, locals saw a slip in both prices and demand.
Maryland watermen often compete with Gulf Coast fisheries because some Maryland seafood distributors purchase crabs, oysters and shrimp from Gulf suppliers. Did the closures in the Gulf affect business here?
The first closures occurred just over a week after the disaster and continued to expand following multiple failed attempts to stop the leak. According to Reuters, by early June, 37 percent of fisheries in the Gulf were closed to fishing. The most recent closure occurred on Nov. 24 when the NOAA announced that another 4,200 square miles would be closed to watermen due to risk of oil contamination.
Gulf oil spill tarballs cover Fort Morgan
Published: Sunday, January 02, 2011, 6:10 AM Updated: Sunday, January 02, 2011, 2:43 PM
By Ben Raines, Press-Register Press-Register

The tip of the Fort Morgan peninsula is awash in tarballs.
While the Gulf beach at Fort Morgan is relatively clear of tar, the several hundred yards of sand beginning at the mouth of Mobile Bay and wrapping around toward the ferry dock is another story.
Tarballs ranging from the size of a nickel to the size of a person’s palm are spread liberally along the water’s edge and at the foot of the sand dunes well up the beach.
Along the water, the tarballs outnumber seashells and other flotsam. Hunks of oiled debris, including a mattress, were strewn along the beach Wednesday morning. Bits of tar were wedged into the crevices of fighting conchs and cockle shells.
Experts: ’10 brought La. drought
By AMY WOLD Advocate staff writer
Published: Jan 1, 2011

Most of Louisiana is experiencing drought conditions and December was drier and colder than normal, according to weather officials.
“What we have right now is a significant portion of Louisiana in drought,” State Climatologist Barry Keim said. “We’ve been in this dry pattern for many months.”
As of Thursday, Louisiana had received 41.55 inches of rain statewide compared with the long-term average from 1895 to 2009 of 57.14 inches, Keim said.

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