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.
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.
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.