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LDH Closes Oyster Harvest Areas 1,2, and Portions of 3

Jul 08, 2019 04:13PM ● By News Desk
The Louisiana Department of Health (LDH) has announced the closure of oyster harvest areas 1, 2 and a portion of area 3. This is a precautionary closure due to low salinity levels negatively affecting oyster health.  These particular areas occur in Lake Borgne, Mississippi Sound, and portions of the marsh bays and bayous of St. Bernard Parish.  

These harvest areas will be reopened as soon as it is determined that environmental conditions are within requirements specified by the National Shellfish Sanitation Program. 

Historic high river levels have come with an unprecedented influx of freshwater into our coastal areas. LDWF is conducting enhanced statewide biological sampling which indicates a notable reduction in the availability of crabs, shrimp, oysters, and finfish.  

The LDH news release can be found at:

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