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3.Any designee obtaining the permit on the vessel owners behalf must present to LDWF licensing a signed, notarized document from the vessel owner, which includes the vessel owner's name, address, Social Security number, date of birth and driver's license number, and registration number or USCG document number of the vessel to be permitted, giving permission for the designee to obtain the permit. If the owner of such vessel is a corporation, the Louisiana Secretary of State's charter/organization identification number shall be required and the permission document shall be signed by a registered agent or director of the corporation as identified by the Louisiana Secretary of State's office. Permits shall only be issued to validly licensed vessels.

C.Operations. Permits are non-transferable and only the vessel listed on the permit can be used with the permit and only one vessel is allowed per permit. The vessel must maintain the original permit on board at all times while operating under the permit, including times of fishing and transportation. The permitted vessel shall display signs, visible from either side of the vessel and from the air, with the words "OCV Permit" and the permit number shall be placed on these signs in letters at least 12 inches in height.

1.All vessels operating as Oyster Cargo Vessels under this permit shall be required to meet Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals Shellfish Sanitation Code requirements.

D.Records, Reporting. The applicant, vessel owner or a designee on board a legally permitted oyster cargo vessel shall only transport oysters taken by the other legally licensed commercial oyster harvesters on behalf of a certified dealer legally licensed in Louisiana and shall be required (on behalf of a certified dealer only) to complete all required records pertaining to oysters at the point oysters are transferred to the receiving vessel. No person shall transfer oysters to any commercial vessel for purposes of refrigeration, sale or transport unless the receiving vessel has an oyster cargo vessel permit as described in R.S. 56:422(E).

E.Landing. All oysters taken from the reefs of this state and transported by a legally permitted oyster cargo vessel must be landed in Louisiana in accordance with R.S. 56:424G(1). No person operating under an oyster cargo vessel permit shall land any oysters taken by another harvester outside the jurisdiction of Louisiana.

F.Tagging. All oysters transferred to an oyster cargo vessel must be properly sacked or containerized and tagged in accordance with the provisions of R.S. 56:449 and must meet all Louisiana Department of Health and Hospital Shellfish Sanitation Administrative Code requirements that relate to the tagging of shellfish prior to being placed on board any oyster cargo vessel.

G.Monitoring. The vessel utilized under this permit shall have on-board and in working order an electronic vessel monitoring system as required by R.S. 56:424, and as provided in LAC 76:VII.371. The owner or operator of any vessel issued an oyster cargo vessel permit, must have an operable vessel monitoring system (VMS) installed on-board that meets the requirements of LAC 76:VII.371. The VMS unit must be certified, installed on board and operable, and the department notified of the installation, before the vessel may begin receiving and transporting oysters.

H.Violation. Failure to abide by any regulation set forth regarding permitted oyster cargo vessels shall be deemed a violation of this Section. All oysters placed on-board from another vessel, possessed, or transported by an oyster vessel in violation shall be considered illegally taken, possessed, or transported. All persons aboard vessels with oysters placed on-board from another vessel without complying with the requirements herein shall be in violation of the oyster cargo vessel regulations. The provisions of this Section do not exempt any person from any other laws, rules, regulations and license requirements for this or other states as they pertain to the transfer or shipment of shellfish. Violations of this Section shall constitute a Class 4 violation.

AUTHORITY NOTE:Promulgated in accordance with R.S. 56:422(E).

HISTORICAL NOTE:Promulgated by the Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, Wildlife and Fisheries Commission, LR 34:

Robert J. Barham




Department of Wildlife and Fisheries

Wildlife and Fisheries Commission

Oyster Season Closure East of Mississippi River

In accordance with the emergency provisions of the Administrative Procedure Act, R.S. 49:953(B) and R.S. 49:967(D), and under the authority of R.S. 56:433(8)1 which provides that the Wildlife and Fisheries Commission may designate what parts or portions of the natural reefs may be fished for oysters and it may suspend the fishing of oysters altogether from natural reefs not leased by it when such reefs are threatened as determined by the department, and a Resolution adopted by the Wildlife and Fisheries Commission on August 7, 2008 which authorized the Secretary of the Department of Wildlife and Fisheries to take emergency action if necessary to close areas if oyster mortalities are occurring or if oyster resources and/or reefs are being adversely impacted, the secretary hereby declares that the 2008/2009 oyster season in the primary public oyster grounds east of the Mississippi River shall close as of one-half hour after sunset on Monday, October 6, 2008 and shall re-open at one-half hour before sunrise on Monday, October 13, 2008.

Biological sampling has recently documented oyster mortality in this area following the hurricanes as well as the removal of excessive amounts of non-living reef material by vessels harvesting seed oysters. Continued commercial harvest may threaten the long-term sustainability of the remaining oyster resource and protection of these remaining oyster reef resources from injury is in the best interest of the public oyster areas.

Robert J. Barham




Louisiana Register   Vol. 34, No. 10   October 20, 2008

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