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  • Auditor: Oil companies pay too little for oyster damage

    May 18, 2015 3:02 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Oil companies that damage the state's public oyster grounds - for example when they drill wells and lay pipelines - are not required to pay enough in compensation to the state, according to a state legislative auditor's report. This was one of several findings in a Louisiana... more »
  • 9 men cited for illegal oyster harvesting

    April 11, 2015 12:13 PM

    HOUMA - State Department of Wildlife and Fisheries agents are accusing nine Terrebonne Parish men of harvesting oysters from an unapproved polluted area and taking them from a private lease without written permission. The department says agents patrolling in Hell Hole Bayou on Thursday spotted several boats harvesting oysters, seizing... more »
  • Ruffino's Restaurant: Pan Sauteed Redfish check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    March 25, 2015 7:00 AM

    BATON ROUGE- Our March Chef of the Month, Peter Sclafani, returned to the 2une In kitchen Wednesday morning with a delicious seafood recipe: Pan Sauteed Redfish with Oyster, Artichoke and Wild Mushroom Sauce . Ingredients: 1 tablespoon olive oil 1 tablespoon minced shallots (or minced onions) 1 tablespoon... more »
  • Oyster and drugs violations land two men in jail

    February 28, 2015 1:28 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Two Chalmette men have been arrested for alleged oyster harvesting and drug violations in St. Bernard Parish. Louisiana wildlife and fisheries agents arrested 33-year-old Oliver Rudesill Jr. and 23-year-old Tracy Gallardo Jr. for several oyster, boating safety and drug violations after a boating safety inspection earlier this... more »
  • Saving Louisiana Oysters check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    February 20, 2015 5:36 AM

    BATON ROUGE - The oyster industry is still recovering from the BP oil spill The men and women who work the coast are p ushing hard to keep the jewel of Louisiana seafood viable . Oysters play a pivotal role on the coast. "For over 150 years, the... more »
  • Rising Oyster Prices check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    February 17, 2015 2:15 PM

    BATON ROUGE - After nearly five years of recovery, the Louisiana Oyster still hasn't bounced back. Find out the real reason why. Thursday on WBRZ News 2 at 10. more »
  • Weekends with Whitney: Outstanding Oysters check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    November 14, 2014 6:40 AM

    GRAND ISLE - You may never have to eat another small, thin oysters during the summer thanks to science. State of the art oyster harvesting is underway at the Louisiana Gulf Coast Research and Demonstration farm. The effort is lead by Dr. John Supan, Director of LSU's Sea Grant... more »
  • Hot Tails: Oyster Rockefeller Burger Play Video

    October 29, 2014 7:01 AM

    NEW ROADS - From Certi-fried Onion Rings to the "Swamp Thing" and Batchelor Bread Pudding, Hot Tails Chef Owen Hohl has brought you plenty of delicious recipes as our 2une In Chef of the Month. For his final segment, he made the restaurants' Oyster Rockefeller Burger. Here's what you... more »
  • Bacon-wrapped oysters with The Saints Super Fans check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    September 17, 2014 5:23 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A local restaurant shared a bacon-wrapped oyster recipe good enough for any Saints fan. JK Lockhart from Lava Cantina cooked bacon-wrapped oysters. He then fried the oysters in tempura batter and topped it off with a remoulade sauce. To make the dish, these ingredients are... more »
  • Oysters in short supply check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    August 13, 2014 6:29 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The price of oysters may be going up for restaurants, but you may not pay the price difference. "The price is gradually starting to go up, they're probably about double what they were five years ago," said George Shaheen, the owner of Jones Creek Cafe. ... more »
  • Gulf oyster harvest has nose-dived since BP spill

    August 12, 2014 4:36 AM

    HOPEDALE - Oyster harvests along the Gulf Coast have declined dramatically in the four years since the BP oil spill. Even after a slight rebound last year, thousands of acres of Louisiana oyster beds are producing less than a third of what they did before the nation's worst offshore oil... more »
  • LDWF: Drugs found on oyster boat

    August 4, 2014 4:19 PM

    LAFOURCHE - State wildlife agents arrested a man last week after investigators said they found drugs on his boat. Nick A. Collins, 42, from Golden Meadow was arrested for the possesion of marijuana, possession of marijuana with the intent to distribute, possession of a firearm while in possession of... more »
  • Louisiana oyster beds recovering after storms, oil spill

    June 25, 2014 3:36 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - Restaurants and seafood industry officials in New Orleans are recycling oyster shells in hopes of revitalizing what dealers say is a depleted Gulf of Mexico harvest. State officials said Tuesday they don't have current figures on the size of recent harvests. But dealers in New Orleans and... more »
  • Lava Cantina's Oyster Tacos check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    April 7, 2014 1:55 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Chef Moe Sanchez and Steve Vaughn from Lava Cantina were in the kitchen for WBRZ News 2 at Noon Monday to whip up some Oyster Tacos. They also wanted to talk about the debut of their event "Trivia, Tacos and Tequila Night". The first one will... more »
  • Program launched to use oyster shells on coast

    June 5, 2013 10:35 AM

    BATON ROUGE - A new program announced by the Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana is aimed at helping New Orleans area restaurants recycle oyster shells. The coalition on Tuesday announced that Shell Oil Co. has provided $1 million for the program, which will collect the shells and return them to... more »
  • Oysters available for holiday tables

    November 20, 2012 4:03 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Grocers and a leading oyster processor in Louisiana say supplies for holiday tables appear to be ample this year, but the news is not all good. The state Wildlife and Fisheries Department said late Tuesday that commercial oyster harvests east of the Mississippi River are at historic... more »
  • After Isaac, oyster harvest struggles

    September 28, 2012 9:00 AM

    HOUMA - Hurricane Isaac wiped out many adult oysters in Louisiana waters, another blow to an industry that has been struggling in the wake of BP PLC's 2010 massive oil spill. But in a twist, the storm's raging waters also may have helped set the stage for better crops in... more »
  • Oyster bed reopening 3 weeks after virus closure

    May 30, 2012 3:07 AM

    NEW ORLEANS -The state health department says a Terrebonne Parish oyster bed that was closed May 8 because of a norovirus outbreak will reopen a half-hour before sunrise Wednesday. State Health Officer Jimmy Guidry and Health and Hospitals Secretary Bruce Greenstein say health department tests have found that oysters in... more »
  • Abita Brewing to serve beer made with oysters

    October 27, 2011 1:08 PM

    ABITA SPRINGS - Following their tradition of featuring Louisiana home-grown ingredients such as strawberries, pecans, and satsumas, Abita Brewing Company announced their newest unique flavor Tuesday that may cause a clam-or at a bar or restaurant near you. Louisiana Imperial Oyster Stout is the newest "Abita Select" beer according... more »
  • Post-oil spill tests may delay oyster season in La

    October 7, 2011 4:37 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Louisiana may delay the start of the oyster season on most public seed grounds while scientists collect oysters and sediment to check for any damage from last year's BP PLC oil spill. Harry Blanchet, a biologist with the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, had said... more »
  • La. re-opens oyster area

    June 4, 2011 11:15 AM

    BATON ROUGE- Louisiana's health department says it is re-opening an oyster harvesting area that was closed in mid May. Tests show the water in Area 7 - east of the Mississippi River in Plaquemines Parish - is safe. The area was officially re-opened Saturday morning. The area had... more »
  • Gov. Jindal signs oyster sales measure

    May 21, 2011 10:18 AM

    BATON ROUGE- Gov. Bobby Jindal has signed his first bill of the regular legislative session into law, a measure that the governor said will ensure oyster safety. The bill by Rep. Girod Jackson, a Democrat from Harvey, will require that for raw oysters to be sold from May 1... more »
  • Oysters may be wiped out from fresh water in Sound

    May 18, 2011 11:18 AM

    BILOXI, Miss. - State marine officials expect the oyster industry can expect extreme losses when record amounts of freshwater heading down the Mississippi River reach the Mississippi Sound. Oysters will be hit hard because they're a stationary species; shrimp, finfish and crabs, which are mobile, are expected to be... more »
  • Oyster season east of Calcasieu Lake to close

    March 23, 2011 5:46 AM

    BATON ROUGE- The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries says it is closing the oyster season on the east side of Calcasieu Lake more than a month early to protect against "sustained heavy harvest pressure" in the area. The department announced Tuesday that it issued an emergency order to close... more »
  • Six arrested for oyster violations

    March 21, 2011 10:32 AM

    LAKE CHARLES, La.- Six Southwest Louisiana residents have been cited for alleged oyster violations on lower Calcasieu Lake. State Wildlife and Fisheries agents cited 52-year-old Jerell Dwayne Christopher, 71-year-old Carroll Henderson Laws and 53-year-old Waverly Evans Levere, all of Abbeville; 54-year-old Matthew Gaskins Jr. of Lake Charles; 18-year-old Hubern... more »
  • Governor Jindal announces $12 million for coast

    March 1, 2011 5:42 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Governor Bobby Jindal says there are urgent needs along the coast that must be addressed immediately. He announced plans to spend $12 million dollars to re-establish oyster beds and stabilize the coast. BP would reimburse the state at some point in the future. Jindal and other... more »
  • Gulf seafood reps to visit DC

    February 5, 2011 9:55 AM

    NEW ORLEANS- Representatives of Louisiana seafood will be in Washington, D.C. next week to meet with the state's delegation to discuss the industries recovery from the BP oil spill. In years past, the annual visit focused on Louisiana oysters, but given the impact of last year's oil spill, Louisiana's... more »
  • Oyster bed restoration among first since oil spill

    January 24, 2011 10:08 AM

    MOBILE - Volunteers from across the country are rebuilding oyster reefs along the Gulf of Mexico's delicate shoreline, hoping to revive oyster beds under assault for decades from overharvesting, coastal development, pollution, and most recently the BP oil spill. The waters harbor much of the world's last remaining productive natural... more »
  • LDWF gets $2.56M from BP for lost license fees

    December 21, 2010 2:50 PM

    BATON ROUGE – State wildlife officials have finalized plans for BP to pay $2.56 million to cover the money lost from the decline in fishing licenses and oyster tags after the Gulf oil spill. The agreement was finalized Monday after discussions between BP officials, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and... more »
  • DHH reopens two coastal areas for oyster harvesting

    December 6, 2010 4:59 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The state Department of Health and Hospitals has cleared two more sections of the state's coastline for oyster harvesting, after they were closed due to the BP oil spill. Harvest areas 9 and 10, which are west of the Mississippi River in Plaquemines Parish, were originally... more »
  • Researchers: Grow oysters in suspended bags

    November 27, 2010 10:16 AM

    BATON ROUGE - LSU and Auburn University researchers say a new approach to growing oysters - in mesh bags strung between posts - could boost harvests and create jobs. The "long-line system" is used to grow oysters commercially in Australia and now it is being used at the Fisheries Research... more »
  • BP spill not only problem for oyster industry

    November 17, 2010 5:27 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - State officials have gotten a fresh reminder that many Louisiana oyster growers had problems even before the BP oil spill. A governor's advisory board on the state oyster industry heard concerns from oyster growers and processors about productive grounds that were lost due to state coastal restoration... more »
  • A diminished opening for state oyster season

    November 14, 2010 10:02 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - Public oyster waters are opening on Louisiana's coast, but it's a smaller area than usual. Monday's scheduled opening was delayed indefinitely for a broad area east of the Mississippi River. The availability of marketable Louisiana oysters has already been diminished by natural and man-made factors, including the... more »
  • State oyster season modified

    November 5, 2010 5:40 AM

    The Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission has delayed the 2010-11 oyster season for public seed grounds east of the Mississippi River and in Hackberry Bay to help protect and enrich oysters for future harvest. The areas were originally scheduled to open Nov. 15. State biologists say data indicates the presence... more »
  • Three more oyster harvest areas to reopen

    November 3, 2010 3:47 PM

    Three more oyster harvest areas closed as a result of the Gulf oil spill have been cleared to reopen, according to the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals. The harvest areas are west of the Mississippi River. One is in Plaquemines Parish, and the other two are in Terrebonne Parish.... more »
  • Task force seeks cancellation of 2010-11 season

    October 19, 2010 4:27 PM

    A task force of Louisiana oyster harvesters and dealers wants the state to cancel the 2010-2011 season scheduled in public oyster waters east of the Mississippi River. The proposed cancellation would not affect private year-round oyster leases on either side of the river. The Louisiana Oyster Task Force voted overwhelmingly... more »
  • DHH reopens 2 oyster harvest areas

    October 19, 2010 5:31 AM

    Two of the first oyster harvest areas closed after the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico will reopen at daybreak today. Oyster harvesting areas 12 and 13 are two of the largest and most productive along the coast, located west of the Mississippi River. Harvest Area 12 is... more »
  • DHH reopens Terrebonne oyster harvesting area

    October 14, 2010 4:46 PM

    Louisiana health officials are reopening an oyster harvesting area in Terrebonne Parish, after it was closed in response to the Gulf oil spill. The Department of Health and Hospitals announced today that oyster harvesting Area 19 is being reopened just before sunrise Friday, after it had been deemed safe by... more »
  • Consumers bring up questions about seafood

    September 6, 2010 10:28 PM

    The Food and Drug Administration took over the multi-step testing of Gulf seafood due to the BP oil spill. Some wonder, however, if it’s enough to keep the confidence that seafood is safe. If you live in Louisiana, you're probably never going to cut Gulf seafood from your diet. However,... more »
  • 3 oyster harvest areas opened in Louisiana

    July 31, 2010 9:32 AM

    The Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals reopens three oyster harvesting areas east of the Mississippi River, including Lake Borgne in Orleans Parish. Secretary Alan Levine says areas will open a half-hour before sunrise Saturday. He says a specialist with the federal Food and Drug Administration found that oil never... more »
  • Widespread oyster deaths found on La. reefs

    July 17, 2010 10:08 AM

    Surveys of coastal oyster grounds have discovered extensive deaths of the shellfish, further threatening an industry already in free-fall because of BP's oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. The deaths are blamed on the opening of release valves on the Mississippi River in an attempt to use fresh water... more »
  • DHH Announces New Oyster Harvesting Closure

    June 6, 2010 3:06 PM

    The Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals today announced the closure of oyster harvesting bed Area 9 because of concerns about the oil spill in the Gulf. It's mainly an area west of the Mississippi River in Plaquemines Parish. DHH Secretary Alan Levine says the closure will take effect at... more »
  • Oyster task force worried about dispersants

    May 26, 2010 5:36 AM

    Leaders of Louisiana's oyster industry are worried about BP's use of a chemical dispersant. The Louisiana Oyster Task Force voted to draft a letter to the oil giant and state and federal authorities expressing their concerns. Task force members are worried about the toxicity of the chemical and the fact... more »
  • Additional oyster harvesting areas reopened

    May 20, 2010 10:44 AM

    The Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals has reopened some oyster harvesting areas to give oystermen as much time as possible to harvest the shellfish before any potential impact of the oil spill. Areas 14 and 15, which were originally closed May 8, are partially reopened. All of areas... more »
  • Two oyster harvesting areas reopened

    May 14, 2010 10:49 AM

    Two oyster harvesting areas in Louisiana are back open after a precautionary closing because of the oil spill. They were reopened to give harvesters a chance to gather as many of the shellfish as possible before any potential effects are felt from the massive leak. Both of the areas,... more »
  • More fishing limitations from oil spill

    May 12, 2010 2:30 AM

    More fishing areas are off-limits in the wake of an oil spill now entering its third week. Another oyster harvesting area closed, bringing the total to 11. Tuesday's order from the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals included areas 8 and 9, but the former has been closed since... more »
  • Oil spill has oystermen scrambling

    April 30, 2010 6:19 PM

    Oyster harvesters are kicking their boats into overdrive to get what they can before time runs out, following the announcement of the closure of six oyster beds. News 2's Rob Krieger caught up with a few oyster-men on the water, who say today is a bad day to... more »
  • La. oyster harvesters stuck in waiting game

    April 27, 2010 10:35 AM

    The oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico is threatening oyster beds in Breton Sound, on the eastern side of the Mississippi River. Oyster farmers say that is a main oyster-producing area. Meanwhile, the Coast Guard says the sheen from last week's spill is growing. It is about 48... more »
  • DHH closes another oyster harvesting area

    March 31, 2010 11:01 AM

    The Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals has closed an oyster harvesting area for the third time this week because of an outbreak of illness. This time, "Area 13", in southern Jefferson and Lafourche parishes was shut down. DHH closed an area in Plaquemines Parish last Wednesday because of... more »
  • Second oyster recall in two days

    March 25, 2010 11:32 PM

    The state Department of Health and Hospitals has ordered the closure of oyster harvesting in an area in St. Bernard Parish. The closure took effect at sunset Thursday. State Health Officer Dr. Jimmy Guidry says he signed the closure order when the department was notified of a possible... more »
  • Chef of the Month - Grilled Gulf Fish with Oyster & Artichoke Sauce

    March 24, 2010 6:06 AM

    To make the sauce: 4 oz oysters (drained weight) ¼ cup oyster liquid ½ oz. corn oil 1 tablespoons chopped green onions 1 teaspoon minced garlic 3 oz. artichoke ½" pieces 1 cup alfredo sauce (your favorite) 1/4 cup oyster poaching liquid 1. In a pot add oyster liquid and... more »

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