(Oct. 19, 2015) - The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries will close the harvest of seed oysters for bedding purposes in the Hackberry Bay Public Oyster Seed Reservation one half-hour after sunset on Friday, October 23. The area will remain open for sacking purposes.
This small, public oyster seed reservation in Jefferson and Lafourche parishes holds a limited oyster supply, and harvest pressure during the season opening on October 19 has depleted the already small oyster resource. Protection of the remaining oyster reef resources is in the long-term best interest of oyster conservation in this area.
The Commission authorized LDWF Secretary Robert Barham to take emergency action to close areas on an as-needed basis based on ecological data or if enforcement problems are encountered. The Secretary was also authorized to take emergency action to reopen areas previously closed if the threat to the resources has ended and to open areas if substantial oyster resources are located.
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.