Louisiana is the leading producer of fresh oysters in the United States yet was the hit hardest by this year’s massive BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. Best estimates are that the state’s production of oysters will be about one-half normal this year, as a result.
Mike Voisin – CEO of Motivatit Seafoods in Houma, Louisiana, one of America’s largest oyster processors – says the brand of oysters from the Gulf was most severely damaged by 2010’s unfortunate events in the Gulf. The high pitch of media coverage of the oil spill left an unfortunate impression among many people, equating oil with Gulf seafood, which is not accurate, he says.
Growing oysters in the nutrient-rich estuaries of southern Louisiana is a delicate balance. In efforts to push encroaching oil away from Louisiana’s fertile yet fragile Mississippi Delta fishing grounds, a collective decision was made between Governor Bobby Jindal and the fishing industry to divert fresh water flow from the Mississippi. Read more..