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Stories from the Coast: Reviving the Louisiana Oyster Industry

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Published on Mar 7, 2012

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In Louisiana today, the total economic impact of the commercial oyster industry is an annual is $317 million dollars and over 3,500 jobs. But the last six years have taken their toll on the oyster industry as hurricanes, the BP Oil Spill, and over exposure to freshwater have all jeopardized the industry and put those who depend on it at risk.

At P&J Oyster Company the recent impacts have been the worst blow to the New Orleans based business in its 130 years of operation.

The oyster is an irreplaceable fixture in the cuisine of South Louisiana and Chef Brian Landry is hoping that the arrival of his new downtown New Orleans restaurant will spark a demand for local oysters.

Knowing that a healthy population is vital to maintaining the economic benefits the oyster industry provides, the state of Louisiana has invested heavily in oyster production over the years. State funded research and innovative programs could play a major role in helping the industry get back on its feet.

National Wildlife Federation works on protecting wildlife and wild places for our children's future. To learn more go to http://bit.ly/1366fHf

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