Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Secretary Robert Barham announced a 14-day oyster season in the public oyster seed grounds of St. Bernard Parish in the Department of Health and Hospitals (DHH) harvest areas one, two, and three. These areas will open at one-half hour before sunrise on Sunday, April 13, 2008 and will close at one-half hour after sunset on Saturday, April 26, 2008.
Harvestable quantities of oyster resources continue to exist in these public oyster seed grounds and the possible opening of the Bonnet Carre Spillway has placed that resource in imminent peril. With the resource in imminent peril from the possible spillway opening, it has been determined that allowing limited harvest of the resource is in the best interest of the Louisiana oyster industry. The limited harvest would provide economic opportunity to the oyster industry as it continues to rehabilitate from the hurricane impacts of 2005.
For more information, contact Patrick Banks at 225.765.2370 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.