News Alert: State to Reopen More Oyster Beds Tomorrow
Posted: 9/9/2012 8:21:33 PM
Louisiana Business Emergency Operations Center


September 9, 2012

State of
Louisiana News Desk #: 225.358.5361

The Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals will reopen
some of the oyster beds that were closed Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2012, as a precautionary measure in advance of
Hurricane Isaac. Oyster harvesting areas 1-7 and 14-17, which are located in
coastal areas of St. Bernard, Plaquemines, Jefferson and Lafourche Parishes,
will reopen half an hour before sunrise on Monday, Sept. 10.

The order to reopen these harvest areas was signed by DHH Secretary Bruce D.
Greenstein, Office of Public Health Assistant Secretary J.T. Lane and State
Health Officer Dr. Jimmy Guidry.

Oyster harvesting areas 1-28 were closed on Aug. 28. Last weekend, the state
reopened areas 26, 27 and 28, which are located along the coastal areas of
Vermillion and St. Mary parishes and on Saturday reopened areas 19, 21 and 23, which are located in
Terrebonne Parish.

Harvest areas 8-13, 18, 20, 22, 24 and 25 will remain closed until health
officials determine the waters are clear and within approved area criteria
established by the National Shellfish Sanitation Program.

DHH public health staff members continue to monitor these areas, which were
closed as a precaution because flooding can cause natural contaminants to wash
into oyster-growing areas.

Water standards for oyster harvesting are set by the Interstate Shellfish
Sanitation Conference. DHH has the authority to close these waters under
LSA-R.S. 40:5, 3.


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