'Math geek's data wasn't even available in 2005! That's the funniest part of all of this. Urging a boycott against cca for something it didn't do 9 years ago is laughable.'
The fact that destruction of oyster reefs would lead to decline of a fishery was well known in 2005. Numerous scientific papers had already been published on the subject. Our data just documents that the predictable outcome actually occurred in Calcasieu Lake, just as it had occurred in Galveston Bay and many other estuaries after oyster reef destruction. See the list of references below.
Instead of working to prevent the predictable outcome from reef destruction, CCA instead pushed to lower the speck limit from 25 to 15 in hopes of creating a trophy trout fishery. This change was pushed without any data showing a need. The outcome was that a lake that had produced 3 of LA's top 10 record specks from 1997 to 2004 has not had any additions to the top 10 specks since the limit change in 2005. With a fast growing, short lived fish like the spotted sea trout, maintaining high forage levels and fast growth rates is more important to producing trophies. Allowing the population to grow beyond what the lake could feed was actually counter productive.
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Cave, R. N., E. W. Cake, Jr. 1980. Observations on the predation of oysters by the black drum Pogonias cromis (Linnaeus) (Sciaenidae). Proc. Natl. Shellfish. 70:121.
Henson, M. 1993. The History of Galveston Bay Resource Utilization. Webster, Texas.
Newell, R. I. E. 2004. Ecosystem Influences of Natural and Cultivated Populations of Suspension-Feeding Bivalve Molluscs: A Review. Journal of Shellfish Research 23:51-61.
Peterson, C. H., I. H. Grabowski, and S. P. Powers. (2003). Estimated Enhancement of Fish Production Resulting from Restoring Oyster Reef Habitat: Quantitative Valuation. Marine Ecology Progress Series 264:249-264.
Plunket, J. T. 2003. A Comparison Of Finfish Assemblages on Subtidal Oyster Shell (Clutched Oyster Lease) and Mud Bottom in Barataria Bay, Louisiana. LSU Thesis. http://etd.lsu.edu/docs/available/etd-0626103-163535/unrestricted/Plunket_thesis.pdf
Plunket, J. and M. K. La Peyre. 2005. Oyster Beds as Fish and Macroinvertebrate Habitat in Barataria Bay, Louisiana. Bulletin of Marine Science 77:155-164.
Rogers, D. R., D. B. Rogers, W. H. Herke. 1994. Structural Marsh Management Effects on Coastal Fishes and Crustaceans. Environmental Management 3:351-369.
Rothschild, B. J., J. S. Ault, P. Goulletquer, and M. Heral. 1994. Decline of the Chesapeake Bay Oyster Population - A Century of Habitat Destruction and Overfishing. Marine Ecology-Progress Series 111:29-39.
Rozas, L. P. and T. J. Minello. 1999. Effects of Structural Marsh Management on Fisheries Species and Other Nekton Before and During a Spring Drawdown. Wetlands Ecology and Management 7:121-139.
Sutter, F.C., R.S. Waller, and T.D. McIlwain. 1986. Species Profiles: Life Histories and Environmental Requirements of Coastal Fishes and Invertebrates (Gulf of Mexico)--Black Drum. U.S. Fish Wildl. Serv. Biol. Rep. 82(11.51). U. S. Army Corps of Engineers, TR EL-82-4. 10 pp.