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Tara Duffy for their guidance in larval husbandry, general support, and use of space and equipment at LUMCON. This research was made possible, in part, by a grant from The Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative (RFP II, PIs Neigel and Taylor), and in part by the Louisiana Environmental Education Commission and Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries University Research Grants.
"There's a huge area where you just can't catch anything for a long period of time," Nancy Rabalais of LUMCON told The New York Times.
The last time I saw Rabalais, after Hurricane Katrina in 2005, LUMCON was trashed: the station evacuated, the marshes littered with drowned trees, broken boats, unroofed houses.
"The director of LUMCON at the time," Rabalais recounts, "Don Boesch, had a project looking at long-term effects of offshore oil and gas development.
(A local oysterman once threatened her; LUMCON has had bomb threats.) "They call LUMCON 'the school' or 'the school down the bayou.'" Though her home is in Baton Rouge, she's on the "frequent-flier plan" in the LUMCON dormitory.
Three months ago, as the newly appointed executive director of Louisiana Universities Marine Consortium (LUMCON), she took the helm of this 75,000-square-foot complex of laboratories, teaching facilities, apartments, offices, and seagoing vessels.
The oysters were grown in aquaculture bags hanging on a long-line (BST Oyster Co., Cowell, South Australia) setup near shore at the Louisiana Sea Grant oyster hatchery or the LUMCON W..1.