For Immediate Release
January 19, 2016
Contact: Rene LeBreton
(January 19, 2016) – The Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals is re-opening oyster harvest area 5 on the east side of the Mississippi River effective at one-half hour before sunrise tomorrow, January 20.
Currently, LDWF has the public oyster seed grounds in these areas open FOR SACKING ONLY with a 50-sack daily and possession limit. Therefore, vessels will be allowed to resume market harvest on the public grounds in this area starting tomorrow at one-half hour before sunrise.
Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals issued a molluscan shellfish closure order on December 11, 2015 for harvest areas 1 – 7 due to the presence of karenia brevis (Red Tide). Today’s action only opens harvest area 5, last week DHH opened harvest areas 6 & 7. Areas 1-4 remain closed until further notice.
To view a map of the Louisiana oyster harvest area grids, click here.
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