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Oyster Lease Moratorium Lifting

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For more information, contact Marc Maniscalco, Oyster Lease Program Manager, at 504.284.5277.

Based on new rules and regulations effective April 20, 2020, LDWF is lifting the long-standing moratorium prohibiting water bottom leases for oyster cultivation, which has been in effect since 2002. Through Acts 570 and 595 of the 2016 regular session, the Louisiana State Legislature established a phased approach to lifting the oyster lease moratorium. The phases are:

  • Phase 0 (Current Phase) – Pre-Moratorium Lease Applications Are Processed
    • LDWF, the Office of State Lands (OSL), and the Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority (CPRA) will review oyster lease applications that were being processed when the oyster lease moratorium began. There are currently 35 applications that will be reviewed prior to the state issuing a lease agreement.
  • Phase I – Right of First Refusal for Non-Renewed Avenal Leases
    • Leaseholders of a group of 274 oyster leases that were not renewed due to impacts from the Caernarvon freshwater diversion may apply for reinstatement of their lease(s).
  • Phase II – Incorporation of Adjacent Water Bottoms
    • Lessees may apply to expand an existing lease to incorporate immediately adjacent water bottoms not currently under lease.
  • Phase III – Right of First Refusal for Lessees under Private Lease
    • Lessees may record any privately-issued lease in effect as of February 1, 2016, with LDWF. These leases will be reviewed and portions of the lease may be converted into a state lease agreement..
  • Phase IV – First Lottery Phase
    • A lottery for the right to apply for an oyster lease opens to the general public.
  • Phase V – Second Lottery Phase
    • A second lottery may be held if LDWF feels it is warranted.

Phase 0 Applicants

 

Phase 0 Applicants

Application Number Contact ID Name Application Date Acreage Parish
YY-0041 2825 ALBERT R., INC. 2/16/00 166.90 LAFOURCHE
YY-0190 2436 SHELLEY, TERRY 5/26/00 3.88 PLAQUEMINES
20020139 2972 ASSAVEDO, LONNIE L. 2/18/02 6.50 ST. BERNARD
20020056 3022 DARDAR, EUGENE A. 1/16/02 160.11 LAFOURCHE
20020052 416 COULON, DANIEL P. 1/14/02 10.05 JEFFERSON
YY-0125 2920 NAVARRO, BARON T. 4/14/00 70.08 ST. BERNARD
YY-0160 2926 ALEXIS, TERRY B. 5/8/00 61.76 PLAQUEMINES
YY-0104 674 GAUTIER ENTERPRISES, INC. 3/28/00 16.98 TERREBONNE
WW-0520 2777 SHALLOW REEF PARTNERSHIP 5/20/99 7.50 PLAQUEMINES
20020059 1871 DARDAR, SUCCESSION OF PERCY B., SR., AND PERCY M. 1/16/02 74.52 TERREBONNE
20010179 2798 TALIANCICH, ALLISON V. 9/25/01 9.73 PLAQUEMINES
UU-0942 674 GAUTIER ENTERPRISES, INC. 12/4/98 2.57 TERREBONNE
WW-0597 2781 ALBERT R., INC. 8/30/99 3.20 PLAQUEMINES
YY-0158 2926 ALEXIS, TERRY B. 5/8/00 307.32 PLAQUEMINES
20010140 2823 VATH, REBECCA W. 6/18/01 90.23 ST. BERNARD
YY-0993 673 GAUTIER, MICHAEL J. 2/23/01 22.66 TERREBONNE
20020138 2972 ASSAVEDO, LONNIE L. 2/18/02 35.88 ST. BERNARD
20020131 2918 DARDAR, LAVIS P. AND ERNEST J. 2/5/02 55.85 LAFOURCHE
WW-0608 2872 PELLERIN, JOSEPH D. 10/11/99 2.52 LAFOURCHE
YY-0943 2960 WILLIAMS, MELISSA A. 1/30/01 8.25 PLAQUEMINES
20020142 3026 BRUNET, ELPHEGE J., JR. 2/20/02 6.91 LAFOURCHE
YY-0083 674 GAUTIER ENTERPRISES, INC. 3/1/00 107.38 TERREBONNE
YY-0246 157 BILICH, IVO 5/30/00 56.16 PLAQUEMINES
YY-0396 1418 SMITH, DONALD R. 8/30/00 46.30 PLAQUEMINES
YY-0415 674 GAUTIER ENTERPRISES, INC. 10/25/00 4.98 TERREBONNE
20010051 1751 ROBIN, SUCCESSION OF EDWARD, SR. 4/16/01 9.87 ST. BERNARD
YY-0378 2839 DEHART, LYLE M. 8/7/00 23.67 TERREBONNE
YY-0304 2932 PHILLIPS, JONATHAN F. 6/12/00 20.10 PLAQUEMINES
WW-0455 1485 TESVICH, KUZMA I, JR. 3/18/99 11.77 ST. BERNARD
WW-0550 1434 ST. PIERRE, RICHARD, JR. 6/30/99 40.87 LAFOURCHE
YY-0146 2113 ANCAR, MICHAEL S. 5/8/00 11.56 PLAQUEMINES
YY-0084 674 GAUTIER ENTERPRISES, INC. 3/1/00 41.78 TERREBONNE
YY-0159 2926 ALEXIS, TERRY B. 5/8/00 100.08 PLAQUEMINES
20010199 1730 JOHNSON, RANDY J. 11/9/01 5.52 PLAQUEMINES
20010209 2560 SMITH, BRANDY P. 12/6/01 63.47 TERREBONNE