Oyster Season

General Season Information

Public grounds: LDWF manages approximately 1.7 million acres of public oyster areas in Louisiana. The oyster harvest season for public oyster areas generally runs from the first Wednesday following Labor Day in September through April 30 of the following year. However, the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission can open and close the season when biological data indicate a need. Harvesters should review the current status of public oyster areas below for the most current oyster season information. Harvest from the public oyster areas, except those in Calcasieu and Sabine Lakes, must be from a properly licensed and permitted vessel and one that has an operational vessel monitoring system (VMS) in use.

Private leases: The owner of an oyster lease or his duly-authorized agents may fish oysters on the lease at any time of year.

All areas: Taking of oysters is prohibited from one-half hour after sunset until one-half hour before sunrise.  Areas opened by the Commission may periodically be closed by the Department of Health and Hospitals for public health reasons.  Information on DHH closures can be found on the DHH website

Current Status of Public Oyster Areas

 

 

2017-2018 Louisiana Oyster Season

LDWF to Close Oyster Harvest in Sister Lake

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) will close oyster harvest in the Sister Lake Public Oyster Seed Reservation (POSR) in Terrebonne Parish at one-half hour after sunset on Friday, December 22, 2017.

Recent harvest pressure has depleted the limited supply of oyster resources in this public oyster area. Protection of the remaining oyster resources is in the long-term best interest of the oyster populations in these areas.

To view a map of the current oyster closure areas see above.

The Commission authorized the Secretary of LDWF 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.

Public Oyster Area

Season Opening (one-half hour before sunrise)

Season Closure (one-half hour after sunset)

Open areas may be closed periodically by the Department of Health and Hospitals (DHH) for public health concerns

Sack Limits

(Does not apply to vessels harvesting seed oysters)

Primary Public Oyster Seed Grounds east of the Mississippi River and north of the MS River Gulf Outlet (MRGO, LDHH Harvest Areas 1 - 4)

Nov 13, 2017
1-day seed harvest, sacking only after
 

Closed to seed harvest
Closed to seed harvest Nov. 13, 2017

50 sack possession limit, per vessel, per day

Primary Public Oyster Seed Grounds east of the Mississippi River and south of the MS River Gulf Outlet (MRGO, LDHH Harvest Areas 5 - 8)

Closed

Closed

 

 

 

 

 

Bay Gardene Public Oyster Seed Reservation

Closed

Closed

 

Bay Long, American Bay

Nov 13, 2017

SACKING ONLY

  50 sack possession limit, per vessel, per day

Hackberry Bay Public Oyster Seed Reservation

Closed

Closed

 

Little Lake Public Oyster Seed Grounds

Closed

Closed

 

Barataria Bay Public Oyster Seed Grounds

Closed

Closed

 

Lake Chien and Lake Felicity  Public Oyster Seed Grounds

Closed

Closed

 

Deep Lake and Lake Tambour Public Oyster Seed Grounds

Closed

Closed

 

Lake Mechant Public Oyster Seed Grounds

Closed

Closed

 

Sister Lake Public Oyster Seed Reservation

Nov 13, 2017

1 DAY SEED HARVEST

 

SACKING ONLY AFTER

To close one-half hour after sunset on Friday, December 22, 2017

35 sack possession limit, per vessel, per day

Bay Junop Public Oyster Seed Reservation

Closed

Closed

 

Vermilion/East and West Cote Blanche/Atchafalaya Bay Public Oyster Seed  Grounds

November 13, 2017

 

50 sack possession limit per vessel, per day

Calcasieu Lake Public Oyster Area - East Side

Closed

 

 

Calcasieu Lake Public Oyster Area - West Cove

November 1, 2017

 

7 sacks per person per vessel per day

Sabine Lake Public Oyster Area

Closed