Louisiana Oysters

Credit: Julie Falgout

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is required to make public notice regarding the nonpayment of fees related to oyster leases on both its website and in the official journal of the parish in which the delinquent lease is located.


As per Louisiana Revised Statute 56:429, any lessee who pays their rent on or after the first day of February owes the rent due plus an additional 10 percent penalty. Failure of the lessee to pay the rent punctually on or before the first of each January, or within 60 days thereafter, terminates and cancels the lease and forfeits to the department all the works, improvements, betterments and oysters leased on the water bottom.


The list of delinquent leases is available HERE.  Notices will also be made to each lessee who has not yet paid their rent by certified mail. All fees must be collected by close of business on March 1, 2017.