The secretary of the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, Dwight Landreneau, has signed a Declaration of Emergency to establish the 2006 freshwater mussel season to begin on June 15 and close on Aug. 30.
The new rules provide fisheries biologists with methods to work more closely with mussel buyers and harvesters in an effort to learn more about freshwater mussel populations.
The Declaration of Emergency also prohibits the harvest of freshwater mussels from the Pearl River.
Individuals who would like to harvest or buy mussels must first obtain a special permit in addition to normal licenses. Anyone with questions regarding either harvest or buyer permits are encouraged to contact Mark McElroy at 225-765-2641.
For more information, contact Mark McElroy at 225-765-2641 or firstname.lastname@example.org.