NOTICE OF INTENT TO EXPAND THE LAKE MECHANT PUBLIC OYSTER SEED GROUNDS APPROVED BY COMMISSION

Release Date: 08/02/2007

The Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission approved a notice of intent to add certain state-owned water bottoms in Terrebonne Parish to the public oyster seed ground system. 


The notice of intent describes the proposed designation of approximately 500 water bottom acres to the existing Lake Mechant Public Oyster Seed Grounds.  The commission will consider public comment on the notice of intent prior to the promulgation of the final rule.   This additional acreage is contained within two areas with the following descriptions:


Addition 1:  Beginning at a point on the border of the existing Lake Mechant Public Oyster Seed Grounds at latitude 29 degrees 18 minutes 33.5533 seconds N and longitude 90 degrees 57 minutes 37.8295 seconds W; thence southerly to a point at latitude 29 degrees 18 minutes 14.8543 seconds N and longitude 90 degrees 57 minutes 39.1397 seconds W; thence southerly to a point at latitude 29 degrees 18 minutes 03.4928 seconds N and longitude 90 degrees 57 minutes 38.8965 seconds W; then southerly to a point at latitude 29 degrees 17 minutes 42.1030 seconds N and longitude 90 degrees 57 minutes 28.7632 seconds W; thence southwesterly to a point at latitude 29 degrees 17 minutes 36.2469 seconds N and longitude 90 degrees 57 minutes 35.9244 seconds W; thence southerly to a point at latitude 29 degrees 17 minutes 29.3388 seconds N and longitude 90 degrees 57 minutes 30.9068 seconds W; thence southerly to a point at latitude 29 degrees 17 minutes 18.0878 seconds N and longitude 90 degrees 57 minutes 26.2988 seconds W; thence southerly to a point at latitude 29 degrees 17 minutes 12.1229 seconds N and longitude 90 degrees 57 minutes 22.7942 seconds W; thence southeasterly to a point at latitude 29 degrees 17 minutes 04.4969 seconds N and longitude 90 degrees 56 minutes 57.2000 seconds W; thence southeasterly to a point at latitude 29 degrees 17 minutes 01.3854 seconds N and longitude 90 degrees 56 minutes 51.4572 seconds W; thence northwesterly along the existing Lake Mechant Public Oyster Seed Grounds border to the point of beginning.


Addition 2:  Beginning at a point on the border of the existing Lake Mechant Public Oyster Seed Grounds at latitude 29 degrees 18 minutes 41.0409 seconds N and longitude 90 degrees 55 minutes 58.9553 seconds W; thence southerly to a point at latitude 29 degrees 18 minutes 30.9866 seconds N and longitude 90 degrees 56 minutes 01.3860 seconds W; thence southeasterly to a point at latitude 29 degrees 18 minutes 15.9476 seconds N and longitude 90 degrees 55 minutes 53.2347 seconds W; thence southerly to a point at latitude 29 degrees 17 minutes 59.3179 seconds N and longitude 90 degrees 56 minutes 07.0156 seconds W; thence southerly to a point at latitude 29 degrees 17 minutes 21.1676 seconds N and longitude 90 degrees 56 minutes 21.2961 seconds W; thence southerly to a point at latitude 29 degrees 16 minutes 47.2975 seconds N and longitude 90 degrees 56 minutes 44.3713 seconds W; thence northerly along the border of the existing Lake Mechant Public Oyster Seed Grounds to the point of beginning.


The commission approved the notice of intent as a first step in plans to place this additional acreage under the management of the state for the long-term benefit of the oyster resource in the area.  In addition, the designation of this acreage was requested and recommended by the Louisiana Oyster Task Force. 


Interested parties may submit written comments relative to the notice of intent to: Patrick Banks, Marine Fisheries Division, Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, P.O. Box 98000, Baton Rouge, LA  70898-9000 by Oct. 4, 2007.  


For more information, contact Patrick Banks at 225-765-2370 or pbanks@wlf.louisiana.gov.
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