Oyster responses to the deepwater horizon oil spill across coastal Louisiana: Examining oyster health and hydrocarbon bioaccumulation

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© 2015 by Taylor & Francis Group, LLC. Eastern oysters (Crassostrea virginica) support an extensive commercial fishery in coastal Louisiana with a dockside value typically in excess of 35 million (LDWF 2012). Oyster beds are also vital constituents of estuarine environments (Dame 1996). This keystone species creates essential habitats that provide critical spawning, nursery, and foraging grounds for many species including economically important macroinvertebrates and fish species (Coen et al. 1999; Plunket and La Peyre 2005), and contributes to water quality and protection of shorelines (Piazza et al. 2005; Grizzle et al. 2008). Maintenance of oyster beds ultimately depends on the ability of individual oysters to survive, grow, and reproduce.

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Impacts of Oil Spill Disasters on Marine Habitats and Fisheries in North America

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