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Oyster lease bid plan unpopular with industry

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Posted: Feb 10, 2014 6:48 AM
Updated: Feb 10, 2014 6:48 AM
Source: Associated Press

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NEW ORLEANS - A draft of proposed legislation to lift the moratorium on new oyster leases in Louisiana doesn't even have a sponsor yet, but two provisions in it are raising the ire of the oyster industry.

One provision would require bidding for new leases instead of the current process of leasing these state-owned water bottoms for $2 an acre per year for 15 years.

The New Orleans Advocate reports (http://bit.ly/1cocG7C ) a second provision would allow the state to terminate a lease after four years if there hasn't been any legitimate oyster-related work done on the lease during that time.

Al Sunseri, a member of the Louisiana Oyster Task Force, said the lease termination clause isn't feasible as oyster growers work to adapt to changing coastal conditions.

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