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Oyster Season to Open in a Portion of the Public Oyster Seed Grounds

Oyster Season to Open in a Portion of the Public Oyster Seed Grounds

(April 2, 2013) – The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries will open the oyster season in a portion of the public oyster seed grounds east of the Mississippi River on Monday, April 8 at one-half hour before sunrise. 
 
The oyster season was originally scheduled to open in this area on October 29, 2012, but was delayed to protect recently –settled small oysters, called spat. 
 
The upcoming opening includes the area of public oyster seed grounds east of the Mississippi River, south of the Mississippi River Gulf Outlet, and north of a line of latitude at 29 degrees 34 minutes 48.0 seconds north, and will be restricted to the harvest of oysters three inches in size and greater, for market purposes only.
 
The Bay Gardene Public Oyster Seed Reservation and the recent oyster cultch plants in Lake Fortuna and Black Bay within the following coordinates shall remain closed:
 
Lake Fortuna (2012) – St. Bernard Parish

 
Black Bay (2013) – Plaquemines Parish

 
The Commission authorized LDWF Secretary Robert Barham to take emergency action to reopen areas previously closed if the threat to the resource has ended and to open areas if substantial oyster resources are located.  Recent biological sampling by LDWF has indicated healthy spat growth in this area, and an opening would allow for increased economic opportunities for the Louisiana oyster industry.
 
Public notice of any opening, delay or closure of a season will be provided at least 72 hours prior to such action, unless such closure is ordered by the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals for public health concerns.
 
The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is charged with managing and protecting Louisiana’s abundant natural resources.  For more information, visit us at www.wlf.louisiana.gov on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ldwffb or follow us on Twitter @LDWF.
 
For press inquires, contact Ashley Wethey at awethey@wlf.la.gov or (225) 765-2396.