Season Closure on Public Oyster Grounds North of Mississippi
River Gulf Outlet Ordered by L.D.W.F.
season on the public oyster seed grounds located north of
the Mississippi River Gulf Outlet (MRGO) and south of the
Louisiana/Mississippi state line, excluding the Lake Borgne
Public Oyster Seed Ground, will close at one-half hour after
sunset on Friday, April 8, 2005. This closure has been ordered
by LDWF Secretary based on hurricane-related oyster mortalities
that reduced available oyster stocks and in order to protect
the remaining oyster resources located in the area. The area
was originally opened to harvest on Oct. 1, 2004 and it is
estimated that nearly 48,000 barrels of oysters have been
harvested from the public oyster seed grounds in this area
during the current oyster season. Approximately 105,000 acres
in the Lake Borgne Public Oyster Seed Ground will remain open
to harvest through April 30, 2005.