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Oyster Leases (1989)

Louisiana: The State We're In



Genre: Newsmagazine

Place Covered: Louisiana

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 1989-12-01

Duration: 00:06:16

Subjects: Oyster fisheries | Louisiana. Department of Wildlife and Fisheries | Aquaculture | SEAFOOD INDUSTRY


  • Collins, Robert Host
  • Duhe, Jeff Reporter
  • Doland, Jack Interviewee
  • Jenkins, Jimmy Interviewee
  • Pierson, Mary Olive Interviewee
  • Duet, Nelson Interviewee
  • Duet, Curtis Interviewee
  • Pitre, Hayman Interviewee
  • Tesvich, John Interviewee
  • Van Sickle, Virginia Interviewee


This segment from the December 1, 1989, episode of the series “Louisiana: The State We’re In” features Jeff Duhe’s report on a lawsuit challenging the current system for handling state owned oyster leases. Duhe reports that the state currently charges $2 an acre for oyster leases that can be inherited, passed on to someone else, or renewed every 15 years. He interviews: State Senator Jack Doland; Jimmy Jenkins of the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission; Mary Olive Pierson, the attorney who filed the lawsuit; Nelson Duet, an oyster fisherman from Galliano; Curtis Duet, an oyster fisherman from Galliano; Hayman Pitre, an oyster fisherman from Galliano; John Tesvich, an oyster fisherman from Port Sulphur; and Secretary Virginia Van Sickle of the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries. Host: Robert Collins