The Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals re-opened oyster harvest area 5 on the east side of the Mississippi River effective at one-half hour before sunrise on January 20.
Previously, LDWF has the public oyster seed grounds in these areas open FOR SACKING ONLY with a 50-sack daily and possession limit. Therefore, vessels will now be allowed to resume market harvest on the public grounds in this area starting at one-half hour before sunrise.
Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals issued a molluscan shellfish closure order on December 11, 2015 for harvest areas 1 – 7 due to the presence of karenia brevis (Red Tide). Today’s action only opens harvest area 5, last week DHH opened harvest areas 6 & 7. Areas 1-4 remain closed until further notice.
To view a map of the Louisiana oyster harvest area grids, click here.