Sea Grant Researcher Makes Interstate ‘Stud Runs’ to Improve Oyster Breeding
John Supan, a research professor, oyster specialist and the director of the Sea Grant Oyster Research Lab for Louisiana Sea Grant and the LSU AgCenter, has been on a decades-long quest to build a better oyster on Grand Isle. Most animals are diploids, meaning they have two sets of chromosomes – one from each parent. Supan has worked to produce triploid oysters, which have three sets of chromosomes. These animals are sexually sterile, produce greater meat yields – especially in the summer months when diploid oysters expend their energy on spawning – and require less time to grow to a marketable size. These qualities translate into economic benefits for oyster growers.
Daigle Recognized for Leadership in Climate Outreach
The Gulf of Mexico Climate Outreach Community of Practice selected Melissa Daigle of the Louisiana Sea Grant Law and Policy Program to receive the 2016 Spirit of Community Award in the individual category. Additionally, the Isle de Jean Charles Band of Biloxi-Chitimacha-Choctaw Indians in Terrebonne Parish was named as the recipient of the 2016 Spirit of Community Award in in the community category.
Marine Extension Agent Remembered
The LSU community mourned the loss of Marine Extension Agent Alan John Matherne, 58, who died April 11 at his home in Larose. Surrounded by his family, he passed away after a brave, year-long struggle with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). He leaves behind two daughters, Janaé Marie Matherne and Jani Marie Matherne of Larose; granddaughter Adalyn Claire Langford; sister Aischa Simon Prudhomme of River Ridge; brother Barry Matherne of Miami; and his mother, Enola Comardelle Simon of Bayou Gauche. Alan was preceded in death by his son, Joshua “Josh” Paul LeBlanc, and his father, Leo Matherne.
More articles in this edition of Coastal Clips:
- Blanchard Receives National Wetlands Award
- Ecosystem Services Discussed at CNREP 2016
- Delcambre Direct by the Numbers (2015)
- Magical Experience
- ‘America’s Third Coast’ Book Series Broadens the Audience for Coastal Research
- Message from the Executive Director
- Our Coasts, Our Future, Our Choice