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Oyster Season

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For more information, contact Carolina Borque at cbourque@wlf.la.gov or 337.735.8726.

Commercial and recreational oyster seasons are the same. No one may harvest oysters at night (one-half hour after sunset until one-half hour before sunrise), from public oyster areas nor private leases. 

LDWF manages approximately 1.7 million acres of public oyster areas in Louisiana. Every July, LDWF takes a census of the oysters found on public areas. Biologists collect and record data from hundreds of oyster samples across Louisiana’s coast. They use these data to estimate the oyster stock size and recommend when the annual season for public oyster areas should be. This season typically runs from the first Wednesday following Labor Day in September through April 30 of the following year. However, the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission can open and close the season when biological data indicate a need. For the most current status, see the information below.

The Louisiana Department of Health may periodically close areas for public health concerns. Check LDH’s website or call 800.256.2775 for more information.

The owner of a private oyster lease or his duly-authorized agents may fish oysters on the lease throughout the year, unless it is closed by LDH.

 

Current Status of Public Oyster Areas

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Public Oyster Area Season Opening (One-half hour before sunrise) Season Closing (one-half hour after sunset)
Open areas may periodically be closed by LDH for public health concerns.
Sack Limits (Do not apply to vessels harvesting seed oysters)
Primary Public Oyster Seed Grounds east of the Mississippi River and north of the Mississippi River Gulf Outlet (MRGO; LDH Harvest Areas 1-4) Closed Closed  
Primary Public Oyster Seed Grounds east of the Mississippi River and south of the MRGO (LDH Harvest Areas 5-8), including Bay Gardene, Long Bay, and American Bay  Closed Closed  
Hackberry Bay Public Oyster Seed Reservation Closed Closed  
Little Lake Public Oyster Seed Grounds Closed Closed  
Barataria Bay Public Oyster Seed Grounds Closed Closed  
Lake Chien and Lake Felicity Public Oyster Seed Grounds Closed Closed  
Deep Lake and Lake Tambour Public Oyster Seed Grounds Closed Closed  
Lake Mechant Public Oyster Seed Grounds Closed Closed  
Sister Lake Public Oyster Seed Reservation Closed  Closed  25 sacks of oysters per vessel per day
Bay Junop Public Oyster Seed Reservation Closed Closed  
Vermilion/East and West Cote Blanche/Atchafalaya Bay Public Oyster Seed Grounds Closed Closed  
Calcasieu Lake Public Oyster Area - East Side  Closed Closed   10 sacks of oysters per vessel per day
Calcasieu Lake Public Oyster Area - West Cove Closed Closed 10 sacks of oysters per vessel per day 
Sabine Lake Public Oyster Area Closed Closed