Signs Bill Granting Extensions For Oyster Lease Renewals And
Annual Rent For Oyster Leases
Babineaux Blanco has signed House Bill 8, crafted during the
recent legislative special session, giving oyster leaseholders
an additional 60 days to renew their leases and an additional
120 days to pay annual rent.
co-authored by Reps. Ken Odinet, Gary Beard, William Daniel,
Carla Dartez, Mickey Frith, Brett Geymann, Karen St. Germain,
Ernest Wooten and Sen. Nick Gautreaux, provides that oyster
leases expiring on Jan. 1 and normally renewed within 60 days
of their expiration can now be renewed as late as May 1, 2006.
The last day to pay oyster lease annual rent will be July
oyster industry consistently ranks number one in domestic
oyster production, providing more than 30 percent of the U.S.
harvest and $300 million in retail sales as recently as 2003.
Oystermen have resumed harvest efforts in oyster beds closed
temporarily by both storms as a precautionary measure. Infrastructure
damage to docks and processing plants is still being addressed
with temporary support facilities in many areas.
whose addresses have changed from last year are asked to contact
the LDWF Oyster Lease Survey Section with a current address.
All oyster lease business is being conducted at LDWF Headquarters
at 2000 Quail Drive, Suite 259, Baton Rouge, LA 70808.
information, contact the LDWF Oyster Lease Survey Section
225-765-2940 or on the section's Web site at http://oysterweb.dnr.state.la.us/oyster/.