In Louisiana, oystermen harvest oysters from public oyster grounds and from water bottoms leased by private entities for oyster production. There are approximately 1.68 million acres available for public harvest and approximately 400,000 acres currently under lease.
LDWF's Oyster Lease Section works with the Office of State Lands and leaseholders to manage leases and collect annual payments on leases. Signed into law following the 2015 legislative session, HB 579 increased the rental rate from $2 to $3 per acre beginning in January 2016.
The Oyster Lease Section is located at 2021 Lakeshore Drive, Suite 200, New Orleans, Louisiana 70122. Office hours are 8 a.m. until 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. For general questions, call 504-284-5279. If you have questions on a specific lease, call Marc Maniscalco at 504-284-5277.