Louisiana Oysters

The bountiful coastal waters of Louisiana are home to the most succulent, flavorful oysters anywhere in the world.

The Louisiana Oyster Task Force (LOTF) was created by an act of the Louisiana Legislature in 1988 to represent the broad interests of the state’s oyster industry including growers, processors and distributors.

of the oysters caught in the U.S. are from the Gulf Coast.
annual landings of all oysters in the U.S. come from Louisiana.
of Louisiana's oysters landings come from private reefs.

Our Story

Louisiana’s oyster industry has been a major fishery for over 150 years, providing for nearly 4,000 direct jobs with an economic impact of approximately $317 million annually. On average, the state produces 12-14 million pounds of oyster meat annually and is responsible for 30-40 percent of the United States’ supply.

Established by state legislative Revised Statute 56:421 and staffed by the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, LOTF serves to monitor the oyster industry issues and opportunities and to make recommendations that maximize benefits from the industry to Louisiana and its citizens.

About the Louisiana Oyster Task Force

We monitor issues and make recommendations to maximize benefits from the industry to Louisiana and its citizens.


Our estuaries, fed by the Mississippi and Atchafalaya Rivers, make up the seventh largest estuary in the world.


We are vocal advocates for policies and projects that work responsibly toward saving our coastal communities.

Oyster Health
Benefits & Recipes

Oysters are low in calories and full of nutrients including protein, healthy fats, vitamins and minerals.

and OTF News

Stay up-to-date on the latest Louisiana oyster industry news and events.


and Resources

Find links to industry related resources and regulatory agencies and stay connected with LOTF.

A Message from the Chair


“There are no better oysters in the world than Louisiana oysters. Our industry has been a major fishery in Louisiana for over 150 years, and while we have faced many challenges, both natural and man made, we are resilient. The oyster industry is not a job; it’s our way of life.”

— Mitch Jurisich, Jurisich Oysters, LLC

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