Tyler Ortego’s Big Idea is fighting coastal erosion with oysters

1) Food and environment should be linked more often.
2) I think my region will become ground central for innovation on coastal reclamation.
The work along the Gulf Coast to deal with the loss of habitat because of climate change and natural resource depletion could very well become a beacon for other coastal communities. I can tell you that we are here (at the intersection of the busiest set of ports in the Western Hemisphere by the way) and we will remain here as long as we can to find ways to mitigate the loss of land and food.

Some time take a look at the wetlands map of the coast of North America and estimate how much undeveloped land remains in the South that can be the start of reclaiming food and place.
Tyler Ortego's Big Idea is fighting coastal erosion with oysters | NOLA.com.

Growing populations and development along the coasts increase the vulnerability of coastal ecosystems to sea level rise. Development can change the amount of sediment delivered to coastal areas, worsen erosion, and remove or damage wetlands. For example, coastal Louisiana lost 1,900 square miles of wetlands in recent decades due to human alterations of the Mississippi River’s sediment system and oil and water extraction that has caused land to sink. As a result of these changes, wetlands do not receive enough sediment to keep up with the rising seas and no longer function as natural buffers to flooding. Rising sea levels could also increase the salinity of ground water and push salt water further upstream. This salinity may make water undrinkable without desalination, and harms aquatic plants and animals that cannot tolerate increased salinity. In the mid-Atlantic region, sea level rise is making estuaries more salty, threatening aquatic plants and animals that are sensitive to salinity.


Louisiana to close spring inshore shrimp season Thursday | Gulf Coast – WDSU Home

The education that markets must do to encourage more direct interaction between shoppers and vendors includes things like explaining fishing seasons along and near coastal waters. I have found that many, many people in my state are unaware of the seasonal nature of shrimping and are unaware of the difference between the fleets that are fishing in the Gulf (federal waters) and the family boats using the “inside” waters (state waters).
And that the very presence of fishers in these waters allows all of us concerned with oil companies and others that are constantly extracting from our waterways to have “eyes on the street” as it were.
In short, markets must remember that information is their currency.

Officials say data collected in recent weeks by state biologists indicate increased quantity, distribution and percentage of small, juvenile white shrimp within these waters. The decision to close this area was made in an effort to protect these developing shrimp and provide opportunity for growth to larger and more marketable sizes.



This graph is also useful:

Graphic from Times-Picayune

and this view from the seafood trade journal:
La Seafood and markets

No time to hide your head…

Good news for champions of wild-caught seafood. The latest news on turtle-excluder devices (TEDs) shows a 90% drop in turtle deaths. This shows the importance of environmentalists and fishing families working together to solve problems rather than pointing fingers. “Our findings show that there are effective tools available for policy makers and fishing industries to reduce sea turtle bycatch, as long as they are implemented properly and consistently.” said Elena Finkbeiner, lead author of the report. Duke University and Conservational International worked together to analzye turtle bycatch data compiled by the National Marine Fisheries Service.
While at marketumbrella.org, I produced a series of films called “Go Fish” that showed innovation among fishers and markets. The one on bycatch reduction devices (BYRDs) is very useful for any market or direct-marketing fisher. All are found on their YouTube channel:
Go Fish