The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) has extended the oyster season in the Sister Lake Public Oyster Seed Reservation until one-half hour after sunset on Jan. 31, 2006, except for that portion of the lake that is west and north of a line originating at 29 degrees 12 minutes 50.56 seconds north latitude and 90 degrees 56 minutes 53.54 seconds west longitude thence northeast to a position at 29 degrees 15 minutes 06.06 seconds north latitude and 90 degrees 55 minutes 17.93 seconds west longitude thence east northeast to a position terminating at 29 degrees 15 minutes 20.89 seconds north latitude and 90 degrees 54 minutes 01.51 seconds west longitude.
In addition, the 2004 Sister Lake cultch plant located within the following coordinates will remain open from one-half hour before sunrise Jan. 13 to one-half hour after sunset on Jan. 15, 2006:
1. 29 degrees 13 minutes 36.49 seconds north latitude
90 degrees 54 minutes 59.89 seconds west longitude
2. 29 degrees 13 minutes 32.29 seconds north latitude
90 degrees 54 minutes 43.89 seconds west longitude
3. 29 degrees 13 minutes 15.72 seconds north latitude
90 degrees 55 minutes 05.51 seconds west longitude
4. 29 degrees 13 minutes 12.58 seconds north latitude
90 degrees 54 minutes 46.94 seconds west longitude
Despite hurricane related impacts to the Sister Lake Public Oyster Seed Reservation and the harvest of significant number of marketable oysters, marketable quantities of oysters remain in these waters and have been noted during recent biological sampling. This continuation of harvesting activities within the areas to remain open should help facilitate the removal of sediment overburden, thereby re-exposing reefs and providing favorable habitat for future oyster spat sets.
Maps of the area in the Sister Lake Public Oyster Seed Reservation to be extended are available at LDWF offices in Baton Rouge and Bourg and may be downloaded and printed from the LDWF Web site at www.wlf.louisiana.gov.
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