“These initial projects demonstrate our determination to hit the ground running when it comes to restoring the Gulf of Mexico after the catastrophic Deepwater Horizon spill,” Secretary Salazar said. “We know that this is just a beginning of what will be an important process to ensure that those responsible for the spill are held fully accountable, and this is a solid start to our restoration efforts.”
Salazar made the comments while touring the P&J oyster company, a family-owned business that has been harvesting oysters in New Orleans’ French Quarter for 130 years. Salazar noted that one of the two projects proposed for the state of Louisiana is approximately $14 million for an oyster cultch project that involves the placement of oyster cultch onto approximately 850 acres of public oyster seed grounds throughout coastal Louisiana, as well as construction of an oyster hatchery facility that would produce supplemental larvae and seed.
“By restoring oyster beds, we are ensuring a way of life continues along the Gulf Coast and bolstering the local economy that was hard hit by the Deepwater Horizon spill,” Salazar said.
Today’s announcement builds upon efforts by the Obama Administration’s Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Task Force that is working to develop a comprehensive, long-term strategy to return the health and strength back to the Gulf Coast’s wetlands, beaches, reefs and other habitats, and to address the decline to the region’s natural resources in decades past.
Following the announcement, Salazar met with local community leaders in New Orleans to discuss the challenges and potential solutions for developing the Lafitte Corridor Greenway and Revitalization Project, a proposed pilot site identified under the Urban Waters Federal Partnership.
Additional information on today’s NRDA Trustee announcement is available HERE.
Governor Bobby Jindal announced today that two “Louisiana Plan” projects are part of the Natural Resource Damage Assessment (NRDA) Trustee Council’s draft early restoration plan for the Gulf following the BP oil spill. The plan includes approximately $14.9 million for oyster cultch in six areas of coastal
In July, Governor Jindal announced the “Louisiana Plan” to start restoring the state’s coastal areas, fisheries and oyster seed grounds from the devastating impact of the BP oil spill. The funding comes from a $1 billion agreement announced in April 2011 for early restoration of damaged natural resources resulting from the oil spill. The “Louisiana Plan” of early restoration projects totals around $530 million. The state expects to receive a large portion of the $1 billion in early restoration funds because
Governor Jindal said, “When we announced the 13 projects included in the 'Louisiana Plan' in July, we chose projects that were ready for implementation so that we could begin restoring
Background On Projects
Oyster Cultch Project: This project includes two components, including the placement of approximately 850 acres of oyster cultch material throughout specific areas of coastal
- 3-Mile Bay
Drum Bay Lake Fortuna South Black Bay Hackberry Bay Sister Lake
The second portion of the project involves constructing a hatchery facility adjacent to the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Marine Research Laboratory in Grand Isle in partnership with Louisiana Sea Grant. The hatchery would help facilitate and expedite success of the cultch placement. The facility is designed to produce one billion eyed larvae per season.
Co-owner of P&J Oyster Company and Governor's Oyster Advisory Committee Member Al Sunseri said, "I am thrilled with the Governor's announcement today for the proposed $14.9 million investment in
Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission Member and Co-owner Motivatit Seafood Mike Voisin said, “These projects show that the Governor is committed to rebuilding our coast and our oyster resources in
Jefferson Parish President John Young said, “Jefferson Parish appreciates the ongoing efforts of the Governor's office and Garret Graves to pursue the funding of projects in coastal
Plaquemines Parish President Billy Nungesser said, “The projects proposed today are just beginning of the hard work we must do all along our coast, work that we are ready to do with the funds BP committed and the Governor helped us secure for the injuries of last years' oil spill. We are grateful to see that the Trustees recognize how important it is to focus the early restoration on those areas that were impacted most. Since the spill started, through the response and now into early restoration, the Governor has made sure that the parishes had a seat at the table. We are confident in that these projects will start the process of restoring
Terrebonne Parish President Michael Claudet, “We know recovering from this disaster will be a major undertaking, but Terrebonne Parish is very encouraged by the news of these projects moving forward, as it shows that all parties are trying to make
Executive Director for the Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana Steven Peyronnin said, “The announcement of these two NRDA projects is welcome news, but it is also a reminder that there are still a large number of proposed projects awaiting approval by BP. Real progress toward restoring our coast requires a greater sense of urgency by those responsible for the damage.”
Director of Governmental Relations for the National Audubon Society Cynthia Duet said, “Today's release of the NRDA restoration plan by the
Director of the Ocean Conservancy’s Fish Conservation and Gulf Restoration program Chris Dorsett said, “This is an important and positive first step. This kind of investment in early restoration is unprecedented and will begin the process of making good on promises to fully restore the
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