Oyster season in Louisiana could be delayed for continued oil spill testing

The fallout from last year’s BP PLC oil spill continues to have an impact on the affected areas, as Louisiana may now be forced to delay the start of its oyster season on most public grounds while scientists continue to monitor the sites for damage.

According to The Associated Press, Harry Blanchet, a biologist with the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, said recently that National Resource Damage Assessment officials will soon begin identifying the size of oysters on the waterbottoms in a number of places.

Blanchet added that the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission authorized Fisheries Secretary Robert Barham to push back the start of the season from October 17 to November 1, but overall delays could vary from site to site.

The biologist explained that the Department of Wildlife and Fisheries was in the process of spreading crushed limestone over approximately 200 acres of the Mississippi sound to foster oyster growth, according to the news source.

The use of various oil spill cleanup methods and products such as Impact Absorbents’ XSORB Oil Select Sock can help expedite the process and minimize delays in oyster growing and harvesting.  

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