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Louisiana Oyster Task Force

The Louisiana Oyster Task Force was established to monitor the oyster industry and to make recommendations that maximize benefits from that industry to Louisiana and its citizens. The task force also coordinates efforts to increase oyster production and saleability, studies declines in oyster saleability, and makes recommendations to the state to resolve problems.

Upcoming Meetings

Task force meetings are open to the public.

Full Task Force

Tuesday, October 19, 2021, 1 pm
St. Bernard Port Harbor and Terminal
100 Port Blvd.
Chalmette, LA 70043

Due to the public health emergency guidelines established in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, all members of the public must wear a mask to enter the building. To listen to the meeting via webinar, register below. You call also call in via phone at 215.861.0674; use the password 806520#.


There are no committee meetings scheduled at this time; please check back. 

For more information, contact Carolina Bourque at or 337.735.8726 or Allison West at or 504.286.8739.


Louisiana Oyster Task Force members include representatives from the oyster industry and related state agencies.

Voting Members

Member Affiliation Member Affiliation
Tracy Collins Louisiana Oyster Dealers and Growers Association (Lafourche Parish) Vacant Calcasieu Lake Oyster Task Force
Mitch Jurisich Louisiana Oyster Dealers and Growers Association Shane Bagala Southwest Pass Oyster Leaseholder Association
Al Sunseri Louisiana Oyster Dealers and Growers Association (Jefferson Parish) Brad Robin United Commercial Fishermen's Association
Sam Slavich Louisiana Oyster Dealers and Growers Association Brandt Lafrance United Commercial Fishermen's Association
Jakov Jurisic Plaquemines Oyster Association Peter Vujnovich, Jr. Delta Commercial Fisheries Association
John Tesvich Plaquemines Oyster Association Dan Coulon Louisiana Farm Bureau Federation
Willie Daisy Terrebonne Oyster Association Byron Encalade Louisiana Oystermen Association

Nonvoting Members

Member Affiliation Member Affiliation
Harry Vorhoff Governor’s executive assistant for coastal activities or his designee Karl Morgan Louisiana Department of Natural Resources designee
Carolina Bourque LDWF marine biologist Justin Gremillion Louisiana Department of Health designee
Major Edward Skena LDWF enforcement agent Brian Lezina Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority designee