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News: 2005

Oyster Season Extended East of the Mississippi River and to Reopen in Sister Lake
Posted: 12/21/05

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) has extended the oyster season within the primary public oyster seed grounds located east of the Mississippi River in both St. Bernard and Plaquemines parishes. The extended areas include the Lake Borgne Public Oyster Seed Ground and the Bay Gardene Public Oyster Seed Reservation until further notice.

LDWF will also reopen the Sister Lake Public Oyster Seed Reservation located in Terrebonne Parish beginning at one-half hour before sunrise on Jan. 3, 2006 and ending one-half hour after sunset on Jan. 12, 2006.

Despite hurricane-related impacts and the harvest of significant numbers of marketable oysters from these public oyster areas, marketable quantities of oysters remain in these waters. In addition, oyster spat growth has progressed to levels whereby these spat have developed into sizes better able to withstand harvest-related and natural stressors.

LDWF Marine Fisheries Division biologists will continue sampling the oyster resource, conducting boarding report and aerial surveys and field inspections of on-board oysters harvested from these public grounds. Analysis of this fishery independent and dependent data will provide LDWF with the information necessary to take immediate action to protect the public oyster resource if threatened.

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