The Department of Health and Hospitals' Office of Public Health (DHH/OPH) will reopen the closed portions of oyster Harvest Area 12 at one half hour prior to sunrise Monday, August 4, 2014. This oyster bed is located in Jefferson and Plaquemines parish waters. The reopening includes all waters centered near Bay Jimmy, Bay Batiste and Wilkinson Bay, except within 100 yards of any shoreline and reverts back to its current May-August seasonal classification status. LDH ordered a precautionary closure on October 25, 2010 due to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.
Testing by LDH has determined molluscan shellfish growing waters in Harvest Area 12 are suitable for harvest of oysters. The order to reopen the harvest area was signed by State Health Officer Dr. Jimmy Guidry, LDH Secretary Kathy H. Kliebert and the Assistant Secretary for Public Health J.T. Lane. This action rescinds the closure order, allowing oystermen to resume operations in oyster Harvest Area 12.
The Department will continue to monitor conditions in the shellfish growing areas across the State's coast. The Louisiana Oyster Task Force was also in support of this reopening. Water standards for oyster harvesting areas are set by the Interstate Shellfish Sanitation Conference and can be found at www.issc.org. LDH has the authority to open and close these waters under LSA-R.S. 40:5.3.