Molluscan Shellfish Program

The Molluscan Shellfish Program is the regulatory agency for the oyster harvesting waters along Louisiana Gulf Coast. The harvesting areas are set forth by the Louisiana Sanitary Code and the National Shellfish Sanitation Program (NSSP). The NSSP is the federal/state cooperative program recognized by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (USFDA) and the Interstate Shellfish Sanitation Conference (ISSC) for the sanitary control of shellfish produced and sold for human consumption. All oyster related facilities must adhere to the NSSP.

September 23, 2020 Update

The State Health Officer has signed a reopening order for specific shellfish growing areas (Areas 26-28) to be effective at sunrise on September 24, 2020. Areas 1-7 remain closed due to the effects of Hurricane Sally. These areas will continue to be reassessed and will be reopened as soon as the State Health Officer determines that conditions warrant it. A copy of the order with detailed information may be found here.

Maps for the September-October 2020 Seasonal Reclassification

Select the Seasonal Reclassification map to the right and select the frame of interest. Click on the Sepember-October 2020 link to view the reclassification period using ESRI's web app. Select the measurement tool  to get the Latitude and Longitude coordinates.

OYSTER HARVEST AREAS

Louisiana Oysters are Safe to Eat
Oyster Testing and Baseline Samples
Sensory Training
Other Highlighted Facts

SEASONAL RECLASSIFICATIONS


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Click Here for Louisiana Shellstock Refrigeration Rule

AREA

STATUS

PARISH

1

OPEN

ORLEANS/ST. BERNARD

2

OPEN

ST. BERNARD

3

OPEN

ST. BERNARD

4

OPEN

ST. BERNARD

5

OPEN

ST. BERNARD

6

OPEN

PLAQUEMINES

7

OPEN

PLAQUEMINES

8

CLOSED

PLAQUEMINES

9

OPEN

PLAQUEMINES

10

OPEN

PLAQUEMINES

11

OPEN

PLAQUEMINES

12

OPEN

JEFFERSON/PLAQUEMINES

13

OPEN

JEFFERSON/LAFOURCHE

14

OPEN

LAFOURCHE

15

OPEN

TERREBONNE

16

OPEN

TERREBONNE

17

OPEN

TERREBONNE

18

CLOSED

LAFOURCHE/TERREBONNE/ASSUMPTION

19

OPEN

TERREBONNE

20

CLOSED

TERREBONNE/LAFOURCHE

21

OPEN

TERREBONNE

22

CLOSED

TERREBONNE

23

Partially OPEN

TERREBONNE

24

CLOSED

ST. MARY

25

Partially OPEN

ST. MARY/IBERIA

26

CLOSED

VERMILLION/IBERIA

27

CLOSED

VERMILLION

28

Partially Open

VERMILLION/IBERIA

29

Call 1-800-256-2775 for conditional status

CAMERON

30

Call 1-800-256-2775 for conditional status

CAMERON

 

Resources

Related LinksInterstate Shellfish Sanitation Conference: http://www.issc.org/
Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries: http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov
Louisiana Seafood Promotion Board: http://www.louisianaseafood.com/

For more information:

Molluscan Shellfish Central OfficePhone: (225) 342-7653

Gordon LeBlanc, R.S.
Phone: (225) 342-7539
Job Title: Molluscan Shellfish / Commercial Seafood Program Administrator
gordon.leblanc@la.gov

Christopher Lemaire, R.S.
Phone: (225) 342-7540
Job Title: Molluscan Shellfish Program Manager
chris.lemaire@la.gov