It’s been 19 years since Louisiana, stung by a $1 billion court judgment, last opened its water bottoms for new oyster leases. But the state is now lifting its moratorium, raising hopes among oyster harvesters who have endured a series of setbacks from Mother Nature as well as the BP oil disaster.
Some of their never-considered lease applications date back to 1998.
“This is a big deal, a momentous occasion to be getting back into leasing water bottoms again,” said Marc Maniscalco, oyster lease program manager for the Department of Wildlife and Fisheries.
To read the rest of the story, please go to: Nola.com