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2010 Recreational Fishing Regulations

2010 Recreational Fishing Regulations

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The Louisiana Wildlife and
Fisheries Commission designates
which public oyster areas are open for
fishing by opening or closing the sea-
son as biological data indicate. The
owner of an oyster lease or his desig-
nee, with written permission, may
fish oysters at any time of year on
their lease. NOTE: Areas opened by
the Commission may, however, be
closed by the Department of Health
and Hospitals for public health rea-
sons. Information on closed areas is
available from the Department of
Wildlife and Fisheries or from the
Department of Health and Hospitals.

siZe/possession limits

All oysters taken from public
oyster areas must be three inches or
greater in length from hinge to mouth.
A lessee of private oyster areas may
be permitted to take undersized oys-
ters from public areas for bedding
purposes only. Size restrictions do not
apply to oysters taken from a private

Recreational oyster fishermen
may harvest oysters only with the
written permission of the lease holder
or in public oyster areas open for the
harvesting of oysters. Recreational

oyster harvesters are limited to two
sacks per person per day for personal
consumption. Recreational oyster
fishermen are also required to possess
a basic and saltwater fishing license
in addition to a gear license for recre-
ational gear used.

methods of takinG

Recreational oyster harvest for
home consumption is limited to tong-
ing or gathering by hand. A recre-
ational tonging license is required for
each tong in use and a recreational
basic and recreational fishing license
is required for persons 16 to 59 inclu-
sive for taking oysters by hand. Any
resident who turned 60 years of age
on or after June 1, 2000 shall be
required to purchase a senior fishing
license to take oysters.


Any person who qualifies and
who desires to lease a part of the bot-
tom of any state waters shall present
to the Secretary of the Louisiana
Department of Wildlife and Fisheries
a written application and cash deposit
of such amount as determined by


Culling oysters, which is the act
of discarding undersized oysters or
dead shell, shall be performed only on
the open designated public areas or on
private leases on which the fisherman
is authorized to take oysters. At no
time will the act of culling oysters be
permitted in areas closed to oyster

The taking of oysters one half
hour after sunset until one half hour
before sunrise is prohibited.
Oysters taken from the reefs of
this state either for sale or consump-
tion shall be landed in Louisiana,
except with an out of state oyster
landing permit and in compliance
with all other rules and regulations.


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