oyster season

Hurricane Isaac
9:18 am
Mon September 10, 2012

State reopens oyster beds

The state Department of Health and Hospitals has reopened some of the oyster beds that were closed Aug. 28 as a precautionary measure in advance of Hurricane Isaac.

Oyster harvesting areas located in coastal areas of St. Bernard, Plaquemines, Jefferson and Lafourche parishes reopen Monday.

Some harvest areas in those parishes will remain closed, however, until health officials determine the waters are clear and within approved area criteria established by the National Shellfish Sanitation Program, which is part of the federal Food and Drug Administration.

Oyster Season
4:11 am
Sat September 8, 2012

State reopens more oyster beds

State health officials are reopening some of the oyster beds closed as a precaution before Hurricane Isaac struck Louisiana.

The Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals says oyster harvesting areas 19, 21 and 23, which are located in coastal areas of Terrebonne Parish, will reopen half an hour before sunrise on Saturday.

Oyster harvesting areas 1-28 were closed on Aug. 28. Last week, the state reopened areas 26, 27 and 28, which are located along the coastal areas of Vermillion and St. Mary parishes.

Hurricane Isaac
11:46 am
Tue September 4, 2012

Some Louisiana oyster beds reopen

Louisiana's health department has reopened some of the oyster harvest areas that were closed Tuesday as a precautionary measure in advance of Hurricane Isaac.

The state said Saturday that oyster harvesting resumed in areas 26, 27 and 28, which are located in the coastal areas of St. Mary and Vermillion parishes.

Tropical Storm Isaac
11:19 am
Tue August 28, 2012

State closes oyster harvest areas

Effective at sunset Tuesday, oyster harvest areas 1-28 — from Lake Borgne in St. Bernard Parish to Vermillion Bay in Vermilion Parish — will be closed.

The state Department of Health and Hospitals announced the precautionary closure because Tropical Storm Isaac, which is expected to strengthen into a hurricane, could cause flooding in coastal parishes that would cause natural contaminants to be washed into rivers, bayous and streams and possibly into oyster-growing areas.

The areas will stay closed until such time as state health officials determine the waters are safe.

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Oyster Season
2:19 pm
Fri August 3, 2012

Wildlife commission sets 2012-13 oyster season

The Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission has set the 2012-13 oyster seasons based on oyster stock assessments provided by state Department of Wildlife and Fisheries biologists and the public.

Little Lake Public Oyster Seed Grounds and the Vermilion/East and West Cote Blanche/Atchafalaya Bay Public Oyster Seed Grounds will open at one-half hour before sunrise on Wednesday, Sept. 5.