Louisiana's oyster industry, the largest in the U.S., is just beginning to recover from a series of insults, including Hurricane Katrina and the BP spill.
"With roughly two million acres of public and private oyster beds and annual revenue of $350 million, Louisiana’s oyster industry is the largest in the United States. New Orleans prides itself on being the 'oyster capital' and has devised endless ways to prepare the delicacy — pannéed, broiled or baked; in sandwiches, stews or pies; or most traditionally, raw on the half shell.
Still, the industry has yet to bounce back from recent calamities that took a heavy toll on the state’s coastal estuaries, where freshwater meets seawater and oysters form part of the ecosystem’s bedrock. 'The word I would use for recovery is that it’s ‘beginning,’' said John Supan, an oyster specialist at Louisiana State University who is the director of the Sea Grant Grand Isle oyster hatchery."