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New oyster farming technique shapes industry future

POSTED: Tuesday, December 7, 2010 - 7:11pm

UPDATED: Thursday, November 27, 2014 - 10:32am

GRAND ISLE, La (NBC33) -- A new technique could change the future of oyster farming in Louisiana. Researchers adopted a new process where oysters are grown suspended off the sea floor in the water column. This is opposed to the more traditional technique, where oysters are harvested from reefs.

The new technique allows the oysters to grow faster and keep off the sea floor where they can encounter predators. The off-bottom oyster culture would not replace the traditional harvesting. Instead, it would just add to the amount of oysters already available.

Researchers say it will take time and planning before the off-bottom technique is commercialized. They say the governor's oyster committee has discussed the process. Researchers hope their site on Grand Isle will become a commercialized farming zone in the near future.

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