Oil spill cripples Gulf oyster harvest

The oil spill is taking a big toll on Gulf of Mexico oyster supplies.

Around 60 percent of Louisiana's oyster beds were closed by mid-June as a precautionary measure, according to a processor. In addition, Louisiana's freshwater diversion project, which releases water from the Mississippi River to Plaquemines Parish's wetlands areas, may further reduce oyster supplies. While the state released fresh water to help protect the area from potential oil seepage, the fresh water changes the salinity of…

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