(Sept. 1, 2011)– Today, the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission set the 2011/2012 oyster seasons based on oyster stock assessments provided by Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries biologists and comments received from members of the public, including the oyster industry.
The following opening dates were set for the upcoming oyster season:
- The Little Lake Public Oyster Seed Grounds will open at one-half hour before sunrise on Wednesday, September 7, 2011.
- With the exception of Calcasieu and Sabine lakes, all remaining public oyster seed grounds and reservations, including the Machias Fortuna sacking only area and the American Bay/Bay Long sacking-only area, will open at one-half hour before sunrise on Monday, October 17, 2011.
- The oyster season in the west cove portion of the Calcasieu Lake Public Oyster Area (Department of Health and Hospitals’ harvest area 30) will open at one-half hour before sunrise on Tuesday, November 1, 2011. The sack limit during this time period is set at 10 sacks per person per vessel per day.
- The east side of Calcasieu Lake (Department of Health and Hospitals’ harvest area 29) and the Sabine Lake Public Oyster Area will remain closed for the entire 2011/2012 oyster season.
For a map detailing the 2011/2012 oyster season, click here
Closure dates will be determined by LDWF Secretary Barham on an “as needed” basis, based on biological and harvest data. LDWF biologists will closely monitor harvest and continue to collect biological information from public reefs as the season progresses.
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.
The Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is charged with managing and protecting Louisiana's abundant natural resources. For more information, visit us at www.wlf.louisiana.gov , on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ldwffb , or follow us on Twitter @LDWF.
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