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State to close harvest of seed oysters in Hackberry Bay

State to close harvest of seed oysters in Hackberry Bay

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — State fisheries regulators are closing the harvest of seed oysters for bedding purposes in the Hackberry Bay Public Oyster Seed Reservation.

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries said Monday that it will close the area a half-hour after sunset on Friday. It will remain open for sacking purposes.

The small, public oyster seed reservation in Jefferson and Lafourche parishes holds a limited oyster supply, and the department says harvest pressure during the season opening on Monday has depleted the already small oyster resource.

Experts say protection of the remaining oyster reef resources is in the long-term best interest of oyster conservation in the affected area.

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