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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 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

LDWF to Begin Accepting Applications for $14.6 Million CARES Act Funds

September 11, 2020

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries will soon begin accepting applications for $14.6 million in financial assistance that will be available to Louisiana fishermen and others in the industry who have been financially affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. The funds are part of the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and…

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New Initiative Aims to Help Wholesale Dealers Find New Markets for Louisiana Seafood

September 5, 2020

In an effort to improve the economic sustainability of the State’s seafood industry in light of COVID-19, the Louisiana Direct Seafood initiative is adding a wholesale directory to its website (LouisianaDirectSeafood.com/wholesale). Originally developed to help coastal fishermen and processors connect with consumers for fresh, wild-caught, Louisiana seafood products, the addition…

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LWFC Sets 2020-2021 Oyster Season

September 5, 2020

The Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission set the 2020-2021 oyster season based on the annual oyster stock assessment provided by the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries biologists and comments received from members of the public, including the oyster industry. The following dates were set for the upcoming oyster season:…

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