Oyster

Louisiana Oyster Fishery

Oyster harvesters take note of mandatory oyster harvester training: before applying for an Oyster Harvester License, all oyster harvesters must complete online oyster harvester training. Oyster harvesters must take this training every three years. 

Louisiana Fisheries Forward has put together a wide variety of topics from multiple government and industry organizations, to help oyster fishermen understand licensing and reporting requirements, harvest regulations, time and temperature rules, and best handling methods to produce a safe, select oyster product.

Your input is needed to successfully manage the oyster fishery. Join the Oyster Task Force, or attend their open meetings; sign up for alerts from Wildlife and Fisheries, Sea Grant and other agencies; and attend LFF workshops and dock days for the best information on quality handling, safety, new equipment, and more.

As we continue to add information, visit the resource links below for more information on how to be a successful oyster fisherman.

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oysters spilling out of a sack

Oysters are filter feeders, and have the ability to accumulate concentrations of bacteria; this creates a slight risk to certain consumers when eaten raw.  That’s why Louisiana follows strict, national guidelines that regulate both the time to refrigeration and storage temperature of oysters, depending on the harvest tag used.  Visit the Department of Wildlife and Fisheries website for complete details on time/temperature requirements.

Latest Oyster News

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LDWF Begins Online Ordering for Oyster Hatchery Larvae

April 9, 2021

Beginning at 8 a.m. April 12, 2021, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) will be opening its online ordering portal to provide the oyster industry with hatchery reared oyster larvae produced at the Michael C. Voisin Oyster Hatchery. Requests will only be taken via the online ordering portal…

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LDWF Canceled Oyster Leases are Available Online

March 3, 2021

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is required to make public notice regarding the nonpayment of fees related to oyster leases on both its website and in the official journal of the parish in which the canceled lease is located. As per Louisiana Revised Statute 56:429, any lessee who…

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NOI to Restrict All Oyster Harvest On Four Proposed Broodstock Reefs

February 5, 2021

Today,  the Wildlife and Fisheries Commission passed a Notice of Intent (NOI) to add four proposed recreational oyster broodstock reefs to Louisiana Administrative Code (LAC) 76:VII.537, which restricts all oyster harvest on reefs listed under that rule.  The Department plans to construct all four reefs using oyster cultch material by…

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