LOUISIANA OYSTER TASK FORCE REMINDS LEASEHOLDERS OF REHABILITATION PROGRAM

Release Date: 02/15/2007

The Louisiana Oyster Task Force (LOTF) is reminding all Louisiana oyster leaseholders to apply for the Private Oyster Lease Rehabilitation (POLR) program with the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF). 


The deadline for submitting the POLR pre-application form has been extended from Feb. 16, 2007 to March 2, 2007.  POLR pre-application forms and additional information were mailed to all Louisiana oyster leaseholders on Dec. 29, 2006, and completed forms must be returned to LDWF in order to participate in the rehabilitation program. 


The POLR program has been developed to assist oyster leaseholders with the rehabilitation of oyster resources on state-owned water bottoms under lease.  This program is part of a federal hurricane disaster recovery assistance project aimed at rehabilitating and restoring Louisiana marine fisheries resources in the wakes of Hurricane Katrina and Rita (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration grant #NA06NMF4540319).


The LOTF is encouraging all Louisiana oyster leaseholders who have not yet returned the POLR pre-application forms to do so with a postmark of no later than March 2, 2007.  If replacement pre-application forms are needed, please contact LDWF at 225-765-2940.


For more information, please contact Patrick Banks at 225-765-2370 or pbanks@wlf.louisiana.gov.
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