Gulf oyster harvest way down since oil spill; fishermen blame BP, company cites other factors

  • by: STACEY PLAISANCE , Associated Press
  • Updated: August 12, 2014 - 7:48 AM

HOPEDALE, La. — Fisherman Randy Slavich drags a clunky metal net through an underwater oyster bed in Lake Machias, a brackish body opening into the Gulf of Mexico. For generations, this has been a bountiful lake for harvesting oysters, long before millions of gallons of oil spilled off Louisiana's coast in 2010.

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