Molluscan Shellfish News

August 25, 2016
The Louisiana Department of Health will reopen molluscan shellfish growing areas 26, 27 and 28, located in Vermillion and Iberia Parishes, thirty minutes before sunrise Friday, Aug. 26, 2016.
August 19, 2016
The Louisiana Department of Health will close molluscan shellfish growing areas 26, 27 and 28, located in Vermillion and Iberia Parishes, effective at sunset on Friday, Aug. 19, 2016. This is a precautionary closure due to potential heightened bacteria levels from recent flooding.
August 05, 2016
The Louisiana Department of Health will reopen Molluscan Shellfish Growing Area 11, located in Plaquemines Parish along the Gulf of Mexico at sunrise, Saturday, August 6, 2016.
July 29, 2016
The Louisiana Department of Health will close molluscan shellfish growing area 11, located in Plaquemines Parish along the Gulf of Mexico, effective at sunset on Friday, July 29, 2016. This is a precautionary closure due to paralytic shellfish poisoning, a serious illness caused by eating shellfish contaminated with harmful toxins, in the area.
March 15, 2016
As part of an initiative by the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals and the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries to provide additional harvest opportunities for the Louisiana oyster industry, licensed Louisiana oyster harvesters will be permitted to move oysters from the public oyster seed grounds located in Lake Borgne and Mississippi Sound (DHH harvest areas 1 and 2) in early April and transplant them to their private leases for later harvest. This program is for the purpose of moving live oyster resource from restricted areas of the public oyster seed grounds to private leases.
February 10, 2016
Pursuant to the provisions ofLSA RS 40:5.3, as amended and re-enacted by Act 1 of the First Regular Legislative Session of 1988, and RS 40:5, the Precautionary Closure of Molluscan shellfish waters in Louisiana effective dated December 11, 2015 is hereby rescinded.
December 11, 2015
The Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals has closed Oyster Beds 01 through 07 as a precautionary measure due to the presence of karenia brevis, also known as Red Tide, in the Gulf of Mexico.
August 21, 2014
All salt and brackish water may contain Vibrio vulnificus (V.v.). If you have a condition that puts you at risk for V.v., talk to your doctor about how to stay healthy.
August 02, 2014
The Department of Health and Hospitals’ Office of Public Health (DHH/OPH) will reopen the closed portions of oyster Harvest Area 12 at one half hour prior to sunrise Monday, August 4, 2014. This oyster bed is located in Jefferson and Plaquemines parish waters. The reopening includes all waters centered near Bay Jimmy, Bay Batiste and Wilkinson Bay, except within 100 yards of any shoreline and reverts back to its current May-August seasonal classification status. DHH ordered a precautionary closure on October 25, 2010 due to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.
June 13, 2014
The Louisiana Departments of Health and Hospitals, and Wildlife and Fisheries announced two new rules regarding the commercial harvest of oysters intended for raw consumption. These new rules are in effect daily and will help ensure the safety of oysters intended for raw consumption and simplify harvesting practices to support Louisiana’s fisheries. The new rules require two major changes to the way oysters are currently harvested: