Sep 7, 2012 6:01 PM by KATC
The Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals will reopen some of the oyster beds that were closed August 28, 2012, as a precautionary measure in advance of Hurricane Isaac. Oyster harvesting areas 19, 21 and 23, in coastal areas of Terrebonne Parish, will reopen half an hour before sunrise on Saturday, September 8.
The order to reopen these harvest areas was signed today 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 August 28. Last week, the state reopened areas 26, 27 and 28, which are located along the coastal areas of Vermillion and St. Mary parishes.
Harvest areas 1-18, 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.