State announces new commercial oyster harvest rules
BATON ROUGE - State health and wildlife officials recently announced two new rules to make raw oysters safer to consume.
The Louisiana Departments of Health and Hospitals, and Wildlife and Fisheries put these new rules into place to offer stricter guidelines for harvesters and fishermen , with the hopes that they will cut down on sicknesses stemming from unsafe raw oyster consumption.
The first new rule requires white tag oysters, which are intended to be consumed raw, to be labeled or tagged if they're placed in a cooler an hour or more after harvest.
The second rule requires fishermen to hold all harvested oysters to the regulations of the most restrictive kind of product on the ship. For example, if a vessel contains white and green tag oysters, all oysters must be treated as white tags because they have more restrictive guidelines.
These new rules have already been put into effect and are meant to keep raw oyster consumption as healthy as possible, as well as simplify harvesting practices to support Louisiana's fisheries.