Louisiana Reopens Oyster Harvest Area

BATON ROUGE (AP) — State health regulators are reopening an oyster area on the east side of the Mississippi River.

         The Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals says area 5 will be reopened effective at one-half hour before sunrise Wednesday.

         Currently, the Department of Wildlife and Fisheries has the public oyster seed grounds in the area open for sacking only, with a 50-sack daily and possession limit. With Tuesday's order, vessels will now be allowed to resume market harvest on the public grounds.

         The state health department closed the area Dec. 11 due to the presence of Red Tide. Last week, DHH opened harvest areas 6 and 7. Areas 1-4 remain closed until further notice.



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