Posted: Oct 19, 2010 5:55 PM by AP
NEW ORLEANS (AP) - 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 Tuesday to seek cancellation of the season in that area. They said allowing oyster dredging east of the river would likely kill young "spat" oysters and endanger future seasons for an industry already hurting
because of the Gulf oil spill.
Oyster processor Mike Voisin of Terrebonne Parish was the lone opponent of closing the season. He says keeping available oysters off the market could hurt the industry in the long run.