The Louisiana Department of Health will close oyster beds in areas 23-28 beginning at sunrise Thursday, July 18, 2019, due to potential poor water quality because of Tropical Storm Barry. This includes areas between Oyster Bay to the east and Vermilion Bay to the west. Also, harvesting areas 1, 2 and 3 (partially) remain closed.

See details of the oyster harvest areas here.

This closure is being taken as a precautionary measure due to continuing water quality concerns affecting oyster health in these harvest areas because of the recent storm.

These shellfish-growing areas will remain closed until state health officials determine the waters are clear and within approved area criteria established by the National Shellfish Sanitation Program.