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 follow Louisiana Administrative CodeTitle 51 Part IX and NSSP guidelines.

 

SPECIAL NOTE: 

 The Texas Department of State Health Services has ordered a recall of all oysters harvested in the TX 1 area of southeastern Galveston Bay after reports of a few dozen cases of gastrointestinal illness among people who ate oysters from those waters.  The recall includes oysters in the shell and shucked oysters harvested in the area from November 17th through December 7th.  A map of Galveston Bay oyster areas is available at dshs.texas.gov/seafood/MapsPDF/ShellfishClassificationMaps/Galvestoncombined2022.pdf.

 

More information can be found at https://www.dshs.texas.gov/news-alerts/DSHS-Recalls-Oysters-Harvested-Area-Southeastern-Galveston-Bay/

 The  March April 2023 Seasonal Reclassification is posted for comments

Please send all questions and comments to chris.lemaire@la.gov or jennifer.armentor@la.gov 

Select the Seasonal Reclassification map to the right and select the frame of interest. Click on the MARCH APRIL  2023 link below to view the next reclassification period using GIS ONLINE web app. Select the XY tool button to get the Latitude and Longitude coordinates. DEADLINE TO SUBMIT  COMMENTS REGARDING  THE PLACEMENT OF THE SEASONAL CLASSIFICATION LINE IS FEBRUARY 20, 2023

MARCH APRIL 2023

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 For Season Reclassifications Map

 

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

Partially OPEN

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

   CLOSED

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

  CLOSED

ST. MARY/IBERIA

26

  CLOSED

VERMILLION/IBERIA

27

  CLOSED

VERMILLION

28

   CLOSED

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