Public and private oyster grounds
In Louisiana, there are approx. 404,000 acres of private oyster leases. The state maintains approx. 1.7 million acres of public oyster reefs.
Louisiana’s oyster industry has historically used public oyster areas as a source of seed oysters (less than 3 inches shell height) to transplant to private oyster leases and grow out to market-size. Louisiana leads the nation in oyster production largely due to this public/private oyster production system. Annual dockside sales have reached as much as $84 million in recent years.
Data from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s National Marine Fisheries Service (NOAA Fisheries)