BATON ROUGE - The Louisiana Department of Health announced today the reopening of oyster harvesting Area 7. The decision came after two consecutive lab tests show that the water in Area 7 is safe.  

Oyster harvest Area 7 is on the east side of the Mississippi River, in Plaquemines Parish. LDH closed Area 7 May 14, 2011 as a precautionary measure, due to the potential of freshwater intrusion from the abnormally high Mississippi River.  

LDH Secretary Bruce D. Greenstein and State Health Officer Dr. Jimmy Guidry signed the order today to reopen Area 7, which will take effect a half an hour before sunrise June 4. The oyster season on public seed grounds remains closed.  

Oyster harvesting Area 1, which was also closed as a precautionary measure due to freshwater intrusion, remains closed. 

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