Oyster Season Extended for West Cove Portion of Calcasieu Lake Public Oyster Area


fishermen culling oysters on boat deck

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) will extend the oyster season (market / sack harvest only) for the West Cove portion of the Calcasieu Lake Public Oyster Area until one-half hour after sunset on May 15, 2018.

To view a map of the area click the image above or visit http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/fishing/oyster-season.

Biological data suggests that there are harvestable oyster resources in the area and extending the season for a two-week market (sack) only harvest will not cause harm to the resource.

The Secretary of the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is authorized to take emergency action as necessary to open areas if substantial oyster resources are located.  However, this action does not supersede public health closures.

The daily take and possession limit in this area is limited to 7 sacks per person per vessel.  Oyster scrapers are prohibited on vessels actively harvesting in this area.

Public notice of any opening, delay, or closure of a season will be provided at least 72-hours prior to such action unless such closure is ordered by LDH for public health concerns.

For more information, please contact Melissa Longman at 225-765-2343 or via e-mail at[email protected]

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is charged with managing and protecting Louisiana’s abundant natural resources. For more information, visit us atwww.wlf.la.gov. To receive email alerts, signup at http://www.wlf.la.gov/signup.