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Archive: November 2018 Blog Posts

  • Pesticide Sprayer’s Motion for Summary Judgment Fails in Lawsuit Filed by Crawfish Aquaculturists
  • November 14th, 2018 — by Amanda Nichols — Category: Aquaculture

  • On October 22, the court for the Western District of Louisiana denied a motion for summary judgment in Carline Fisheries. v. Vector Disease Control (No. 6:16-1506, 2018 BL 389535 (W.D. La. Oct. 22, 2018)). According to the aquaculturist plaintiffs in this case, Vector Disease Control (“Vector”), a pesticide spraying company, caused the deaths of numerous farmed crawfish when it aerially sprayed the insecticide Permanone over portions of Iberia Parish in November 2015, as part of an effort to control local mosquito populations.


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  • Drinking Water Update - Lead Testing in Schools
  • November 9th, 2018 — by Catherine Janasie — Category: Water Quality

  • Issues with the nation’s drinking water have continued to be in the news of late. In the U.S., drinking water is regulated on the federal level by the Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA). The SDWA aims to ensure the quality of Americans' drinking water and authorizes the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to set national standards for drinking water to protect against health effects from exposure to naturally-occurring and man-made contaminants.


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  • Florida Oyster Industry Continues to Struggle in the Aftermath of Hurricane Michael
  • November 1st, 2018 — by Grace Sullivan — Category: Natural Disasters Hurricanes Aquaculture

  • When Hurricane Michael made landfall on October 10, 2018, it claimed nearly forty lives across four states, and its aftermath continues to claim the livelihood of oystermen in Apalachicola, Florida. The town and bay of the same name are historically famed for their oysters, which once made up 90% of the wild caught oysters in Florida and 10% in the nation. Oil spill pollution, a drought, and a water use dispute decimated the native oysters in recent years, leading to a shift to aquaculture.


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