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State money will aid spring oyster spawn

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Posted: Feb 21, 2011 1:06 PM
Source: Associated Press

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Topics: oyster spawn, Gulf of Mexico, oil spill, Garret Graves, Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority, Oyster Advisory Committee, Belle Chasse, Louisiana, freshwater diversion, Mississippi River, Barataria Bay, cultch, Deepwater Horizon, WBRZ

HOUMA, La. - To ensure that the state's oyster crop has a chance to rebound this spring after the Gulf oil spill, the state has committed $2 million to immediately restore oyster grounds.

The Courier reports the state's committment was announced by Garret Graves, chairman of the state's Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority, during last week's meeting of the Oyster
Advisory Committee in Belle Chasse.

As much as half of Louisiana's oyster crop was wiped out this past summer not by oil, but by freshwater diversions opened by the state in an effort to flush oil out of wetlands east of the
Mississippi River and in Barataria Bay.

State officials say they will use the money to plant cultch onto some public oyster grounds.

Cultch is oyster shells or limestone pieces that provide a hard surface for free-swimming spawn of oysters to attach to and grow.

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