The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) has announced that the harvest of oysters shall close in the Lake Chien Public Oyster Seed Ground (POSG) in Terrebonne Parish at one half hour after sunset on Monday, November 30, 2015. This public oyster seed ground holds a limited oyster supply and harvest pressure during the oyster season, which opened on October 19, has reduced the 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 Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries’ Secretary Robert J. Barham to take emergency action to close areas, on an as-needed basis, based on biological 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 resource 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.