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The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) will close oyster harvest in the East portion of the Calcasieu Lake Public Oyster Area in Cameron Parish, at one half-hour after sunset on Monday, December 31, 2018.

The oyster population in Calcasieu Lake is managed on a harvest threshold, and the recommended harvest threshold has been reached. Continued harvest may threaten the long-term sustainability of the remaining oyster resources in this public oyster area. Protection of the remaining oyster resources is in the long-term best interest of the oyster populations in this area. The West Cove portion of the Calcasieu Lake Public Oyster Area will remain open until further notice.

To view a map of the current oyster closure areas see above or visit http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/fishing/oyster-season.

The Commission authorized Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries’ Secretary Jack Montoucet 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.

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 the Louisiana Department of Health for public health concerns.

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