Nov 1, 2012 12:52 PM by AP
NEW ORLEANS (AP) - After a heavy year of harvesting, oystermen are being told they'll have to stay off some public grounds starting Saturday.
The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries says the season will close at one-half hour after sunset Saturday in the Lake Chien and Lake Felicity public oyster seed grounds in Terrebonne Parish.
At the same time, the harvest of seed oysters for bedding purposes will close in the Hackberry Bay public oyster seed reservation in Jefferson and Lafourche parishes. Hackberry Bay will remain open for sacking purposes.
The agency says harvest pressure depleted the resource this year in those grounds and closing them now will help conserve the grounds for future use.