Today, State Health Officer Dr. Jimmy Guidry and LDH Secretary Alan Levine signed the order to reopen this oyster harvesting area. This action rescinds the precautionary closure order, allowing oystermen to resume operations in Area 29.
The LDH Office of Public Health continues its regular monitoring of conditions in Louisiana’s shellfish growing areas to ensure the public’s health. The Louisiana Oyster Task Force, an organization made up of oyster industry and regulatory agencies, supports the 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.
The Louisiana Department of Health strives to protect and promote health statewide and to ensure access to medical, preventive and rehabilitative services for all state citizens. To learn more about LDH, visit http://www.dhh.louisiana.gov.