Construction expected to begin today on new oyster reef in Calcasieu Lake
Posted on 11/27/2017 3:00:00 AM.

Construction begins today in Calcasieu Lake near Lake Charles. About 12,500 cubic yards of crushed limestone will be spread on the lake bottom to create 100 acres of an artificial oyster reef. Assistant Secretary for Fisheries Patrick Banks says it will increase oyster and seafood production. 
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State Wildlife and Fisheries Commission votes to reopen red snapper fishing on weekends in federal waters
Posted on 6/13/2017 6:25:00 AM.

The Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission approves a proposal to open the recreational red snapper fishing season in federal waters for the next 12 weekends as part of a compromise with the federal government and four other Gulf Coast states. The agreement could begin this weekend. Assistant Secretary for LDWF Patrick Banks,
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LDWF opens oyster hatchery in Grand Isle
Posted on 8/13/2015 2:31:00 AM.

The State Department of Wildlife and Fisheries has cut the ribbon on a new $3 million  oyster hatchery in Grand Isle that will more than double production of the larvae used to seed oyster grounds. Statewide Oyster Program Manager Patrick Banks says they’ve seen major decreases in oysters since the BP oil spill and this will be an important component to boosting the oyster population.
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