Fisheries panel sets 2013-14 state oyster seasons

BATON ROUGE (AP) — State wildlife and fisheries regulators have set the 2013-14 oyster season, which opens next month in some

areas.

On Sept. 4, the Little Lake, Barataria Bay, Deep Lake, Lake Tambour and Vermilion/East and West Cote Blanche/Atchafalaya Bay

Public Oyster Seed Grounds will open.

On Oct. 15, all remaining public oyster seed grounds and reservations, including Lake Borgne, Sister Lake, Lake Mechant, the

Lake Machias/Fortuna and Bay Long sacking-only areas will open.

On Nov. 1, the season in the west cove part of Calcasieu Lake Public Oyster Area will open.

Each season opens a half-hour before sunrise.

The sack limit during this time period is set at 10 sacks per person, per vessel, per day.

Several areas will remain closed. Visit www.wlf.louisiana.gov for a list of closed sites.

The Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission set the dates Thursday based on an annual stock assessment by state biologists

and public comment.

Public notice of any opening, delay, or closure of a season will be provided at least 72 hours prior to such action, unless

such closure is ordered by the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals for public health concerns.