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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.

Any application being protested should be sent to the address below via certified mail:

Oyster Lease Program
2045 Lakeshore Dr., Ste 422
New Orleans, LA 70122


Phase 0 Applicants

 

Phase 0 Applicants

ID Application Contact ID First Name Last Name Application Date Acres Parish Protest Date
1 YY-0041 2825 - ALBERT R., INC. 2/16/00 166.90 LAFOURCHE 5/3/21
2 YY-0190 2436 TERRY SHELLEY 5/26/00 3.88 PLAQUEMINES 5/4/21
3 20020139 2972 LONNIE L. ASSAVEDO 2/18/02 6.50 ST BERNARD
4 20020056 3022 EUGENE A. DARDAR 1/16/02 160.11 LAFOURCHE 5/4/21
5 20020052 416 DANIEL P. COULON 1/14/02 10.05 JEFFERSON
6 YY-0125 2920 BARON T. NAVARRO 4/14/00 70.08 ST BERNARD
7 YY-0160 2926 TERRY B. ALEXIS 5/8/00 61.76 PLAQUEMINES 5/4/21
8 YY-0104 674 - GAUTIER ENTERPRISES, INC. 3/28/00 16.98 TERREBONNE 5/4/21
9 WW-0520 2777 - SHALLOW REEF PARTNERSHIP 5/20/99 7.50 PLAQUEMINES 5/4/21
10 20020059 1871 SUCCESSION OF PERCY B. DARDAR, SR & PERCY M. DARDAR 1/16/02 74.52 TERREBONNE 5/4/21
11 20010179 2798 ALLISON V. TALIANCICH 9/25/01 9.73 PLAQUEMINES
12 UU-0942 674 - GAUTIER ENTERPRISES, INC. 12/4/98 2.57 TERREBONNE 5/4/21
13 WW-0597 2781 - ALBERT R., INC. 8/30/99 3.20 PLAQUEMINES 5/4/21
14 YY-0158 2926 TERRY B. ALEXIS 5/8/00 307.32 PLAQUEMINES 5/4/21
15 20010140 2823 REBECCA W. VATH 6/18/01 90.23 ST BERNARD
16 YY-0993 673 MICHAEL J. GAUTIER 2/23/01 22.66 TERREBONNE 5/4/21
17 20020138 2972 LONNIE L. ASSAVEDO 2/18/02 35.88 ST BERNARD
18 20020131 2918 LAVIS P. DARDAR & ERNEST J. DARDAR 2/5/02 55.85 LAFOURCHE 5/4/21
19 WW-0608 2872 JOSEPH D. PELLERIN 10/11/99 2.52 LAFOURCHE 5/4/21
20 YY-0943 2960 MELISSA A. WILLIAMS 1/30/01 8.25 PLAQUEMINES 5/4/21
21 20020142 3026 ELPHEGE J. BRUNET, JR. 2/20/02 6.91 LAFOURCHE 5/4/21
22 YY-0083 674 - GAUTIER ENTERPRISES, INC. 3/1/00 107.38 TERREBONNE 5/4/21
23 YY-0246 157 IVO BILICH 5/30/00 56.16 PLAQUEMINES 5/4/21
24 YY-0396 1418 DONALD R. SMITH 8/30/00 46.30 PLAQUEMINES 5/4/21
25 YY-0415 674 - GAUTIER ENTERPRISES, INC. 10/25/00 4.98 TERREBONNE 4/7/21
26 20010051 1751 SUCCESSION OF EDWARD ROBIN, SR. 4/16/01 9.87 ST BERNARD 5/3/21
27 YY-0378 2839 LYLE M. DEHART 8/7/00 23.67 TERREBONNE 4/7/21
28 YY-0304 2932 JONATHAN F. PHILLIPS 6/12/00 20.10 PLAQUEMINES 4/27/21
29 WW-0455 1485 KUZMA I. TESVICH, JR. 3/18/99 11.77 ST BERNARD
30 WW-0550 1434 RICHARD ST. PIERRE, JR. 6/30/99 40.87 LAFOURCHE
31 YY-0146 2113 MICHAEL S. ANCAR 5/8/00 11.56 PLAQUEMINES 5/4/21
32 YY-0084 674 - GAUTIER ENTERPRISES, INC. 3/1/00 41.78 TERREBONNE 4/7/21
33 YY-0159 2926 TERRY B. ALEXIS 5/8/00 100.08 PLAQUEMINES 5/4/21
34 20010199 1730 RANDY J. JOHNSON 11/9/01 5.52 PLAQUEMINES 5/4/21
35 20010209 2560 BRANDY P. SMITH 12/6/01 63.47 TERREBONNE 5/4/21