Molluscan Shellfish News

June 22, 2012
The Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals and the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries will hold a series of public meetings next week to provide critical information on current rules and changes that will affect the oyster harvesting, dealing and processing communities in Louisiana.
June 03, 2011
The Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals announced today the reopening of oyster harvesting Area 7. The decision came after two consecutive lab tests show that the water in Area 7 is safe.
May 14, 2011
Today Louisiana officials announced precautionary closures of two oyster harvesting areas that are receiving large amounts of freshwater intrusion from the opening of the Bonnet Carre Spillway and from the Mississippi River.
March 11, 2011
The Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals will be holding two public meetings to discuss RS 56:437 and RS 40:5.3.1, which govern the sale of oysters for raw consumption within the state, as they pertain to the oyster industry. State Health Officer, Dr. Jimmy Guidry, will be on hand to provide information and answer questions.
March 03, 2011
Officials with the Department of Health and Hospitals and the Department of Wildlife and Fisheries signed orders this week to allow oyster harvesting in an 11,993 acre area of Calcasieu Lake, which previously had high fecal coliform counts. Recent tests conducted by DHH have shown the levels of fecal coliform are now below levels of any concern for health.
December 06, 2010
More oyster harvest areas closed as a result of the Gulf oil spill have been cleared to reopen.
November 03, 2010
BATON ROUGE — More oyster harvest areas closed as a result of the Gulf oil spill have been cleared to reopen. The Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals announced today the reopening of oyster harvesting areas 11, 21 and 23 after working with officials from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, and other state and federal partners.
October 25, 2010
The Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals announced today the partial closure of oyster harvesting Area 12. The partial closure comes in response to continued oil cleanup in portions of this oyster harvesting area and is consistent with the Department of Wildlife and Fisheries closure of the same area.
October 18, 2010
Two of the first oyster harvest areas closed as a result of the Gulf oil spill have been cleared to reopen. The Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals announced today the reopening of oyster harvesting areas 12 and 13 after working with officials from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, and other state and federal partners.
October 14, 2010
The Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals announced today the reopening of oyster harvesting Area 19 after working with officials from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and other state and federal partners.