BATON ROUGE, LA (WVUE) - The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries announced today that agents will soon close all oyster harvesting in the Hackberry Bay Public Oyster Seed Reservation in Jefferson and Lafourche Parishes.
The closure will go into effect shortly after sunset on Monday, Nov. 9, 2015.
According to a news release from the Wildlife Department, this public oyster seed reservation holds a limited oyster supply.
Agents say harvest pressure since the oyster season opened on Oct. 19 has depleted the already small oyster resource, and that protection of the remaining oyster resources is in the long-term best interest of oyster conservation in this area.
Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries' Secretary Robert J. Barham has been authorized by state officials to take emergency action to close areas, on an as-needed basis, based on biological data or if enforcement problems are encountered.
The Secretary was also authorized to take emergency action to reopen areas previously closed if the threat to the resource has ended and to open areas if substantial oyster resources are located.