Release Date: 01/28/2010

The Louisiana Oyster Task Force (LOTF) will meet at 1 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 1 in suite 200 of the University of New Orleans Advanced Technology Center located at 2021 Lakeshore Dr. in New Orleans.

The agenda is as follows:

I.  Roll Call
II.  Approval of December 7, 2009 Minutes
III.  Oyster Development Account Information
       A.  Oyster Tag Sales - (Louisiana Seafood Promotion and Marketing Board (LSPMB) Staff)
       B.  LOTF Financial Report - (LSPMB)
IV.  New Business
       A.  Explanation of the proposed Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF)/Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) relative to authorizing oil and gas surface activities on
Public Oyster Seed Grounds and Seed Reservations - (DNR, and LDWF Attorney's) 
        B.  Louisiana Recovery Authority (LRA) Recovery Program  Presentation - (Kris Van Orsdel, LRA) 
        C.  National Wildlife Federation coastal restoration campaign - Maura Wood 
        D.  2010 Oyster Task Force legislation package - (Al Sunseri)
              1.  A new law that would say that natural, raw oysters harvested within the state shall be allowed to be sold and consumed raw within the state. 
              2.  Repeal 56:435.1 and open Sabine Lake to all types of vessels on the first Wednesday after Labor Day through April 1. 
              3.  Repeal 56:433 seed harvest only on the first Wednesday after Labor Day through the second Monday in October and revert to old law opening public oyster reefs for all harvest on the first Wednesday after Labor Day. 
              4.  Amend 40:5.3.1 to say in Department of Health and Hospitals (DHH) in consultation with LDWF and LOTF, "shall notify all licensed oyster harvesters and dealers" that they may apply for an exemption from the V.p. and V.v guidelines in the NSSP if they have not been epidemiologically linked to a V.p. or V.v. illness.  
              5.  Amend  56:303.4 & 56:303.7 requiring that the commercial "oyster" fisherman instead of the wholesale retail seafood dealer send the trip ticket information to the LDWF because the dealer cannot attest to the fact where the fisherman caught the oysters or the duration of his trip.
              6.  RS 56:431.1 - Devices to protect oysters from predation; use on leased acreage.  SUNSETS - We need to allow this activity after 1/1/2011.  The provisions of this Section shall become null and void and of no effect on Jan. 1, 2011 and no permit shall be issued which would allow use after that date nor shall any device authorized under the provisions of this section be used after that date.
              7.   RS 56:436 - Amend to allow for early morning harvest between April 1 and Oct. 31 with a permit for the purpose of harvesting longer than two hours as set by oyster management guidelines.
              8.  Lift Oyster Leasing Moratorium - (PPOG Committee)
              9.  New law to provide means to reissue of leases for certain reasons - (PPOG Committee)
              10.  Amend law to allow a grace period for recording oyster leases - (PPOG Committee)
              11.  New law creating new leasable waterbottoms east of the Mississippi River - (PPOG Committee)
 E. . ISSC Board meeting March 9-11, 2010 - (Al Sunseri)
V.  Committee Reports
      A.  Department of Health and Hospitals - (David Guilbeau) 
      B.  Governor's Office on Coastal Affairs - (Jerome Zeringue) - Operation of Davis Pond and Caernarvon Fresh Water Diversion Projects
      C.  Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries
      D.  Public and Private Oyster Grounds Committee - (Buddy Pausina)
      E.  Research - (John Supan)
      F.  Enforcement - (Keith LaCaze)
      G.  Legal - (Buddy Pausina)
      H.  Coastal Restoration Activity Impact Sub-Committee-  (John Tesvich)

VI. Election Of Officers
VII. Set Next Meeting
IV. Adjourn