COMMISSION APPROVES OYSTER SEASON IN THE SISTER LAKE PUBLIC OYSTER SEED RESERVATION

Release Date: 02/06/2008

The Louisiana of Wildlife and Fisheries Commission recently approved an additional oyster season in the Sister Lake Public Oyster Seed Reservation.  This season will open at one-half hour before sunrise on Monday, Feb. 11, 2008 and close at one-half hour after sunset on Friday, Feb. 29, 2008.  During this season, the following provisions will be in effect:


1. The daily take and possession limit shall be no more than 50 sacks of oysters per vessel, although this limit does not apply to those vessels harvesting seed oysters for bedding purposes.


2. Vessels are prohibited from harvesting oysters for market (sacking) and harvesting oysters for bedding purposes on the same day.


3. If a vessel is harvesting on the public oyster seed reservation, all oysters on board that vessel are deemed to have been taken from the reservation.


4. The 2004 cultch plant location within the following coordinates will remain closed during this season:


29 degrees 13 minutes 36.49 seconds N
90 degrees 54 minutes 59.89 seconds W


29 degrees 13 minutes 32.29 seconds N
90 degrees 54 minutes 43.89 seconds W


29 degrees 13 minutes 15.72 seconds N
90 degrees 55 minutes 05.51 seconds W


29 degrees 13 minutes 12.58 seconds N
90 degrees 54 minutes 46.94 seconds W


The Sister Lake Public Oyster Seed Reservation was originally opened for eight days in November 2007 and biological sampling performed by biologists from the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries has determined that harvestable amounts of oysters remain available in the lake.  In addition, this opening was recommended by the Louisiana Oyster Task Force.  The commission also gave the Secretary of the Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, Robert Barham, the authority to close this season to protect the oyster resource or if enforcement problems occur.


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


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