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LA: Oyster Season to Close Early in East Side of Calcasieu Lake

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Secretary
Robert Barham issued an emergency order to close the oyster season
in the east side of Calcasieu Lake (DHH Harvest Area 29) at
one-half hour after sunset on Friday, March 25, 2011.

The season was previously set by the Louisiana Wildlife and
Fisheries Commission to remain open until April 30, 2011, except
for the 2009 cultch plant, but the commission gave authority for an
early closure to Secretary Barham in order to protect and conserve
the public oyster resource.

LDWF Office of Fisheries biologists have monitored the health of
the public oyster resource throughout the oyster season, which
opened on November 15, 2010, through biological sampling and
harvest tracking. LDWF monitoring activities have determined that
the public oyster resources have sustained heavy harvest pressure
and continued harvest may threaten the long-term sustainability of
the remaining oyster resources.

Within the past week, LDWF enforcement agents have encountered
numerous oyster harvesting violations within harvest area 29. As a
result, agents have seized oysters and fishing equipment.

An early closure of these public oyster seed grounds will help
protect the remaining oyster resources and help sustain that
resource for the future. This early closure is being announced in
order to provide the oyster industry with as much prior notice as

The west side of the Calcasieu Lake public oyster area (DHH
Harvest Area 30) is scheduled to remain open to the harvest of
oysters until April 30, 2011.


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