Oyster Season to Close in the Sister Lake Public Oyster Seed
Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Secretary Dwight
Landreneau has signed a declaration of emergency under the
authority of the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission
that will close the 2005-06 oyster season in the Sister (Caillou)
Lake Public Oyster Seed Reservation at one-half hour after
sunset on Thursday, Nov. 3, 2005.
harvest in the Terrbonne Parish waterbody has been strong
since it opened on Oct. 22 and has provided valuable economic
return to the Louisiana oyster industry. However, harvest
pressure during the season in Sister Lake has significantly
reduced available oyster stocks in the area, according to
LDWF Marine Fisheries Division biologists. In addition, biologists
noted young oyster spat in recent biological samples from
Sister Lake and feel the protection of these spat is important
to the long-term sustainability of the oyster reefs.