Louisiana Hasn’t Approved an Oyster Lease in 19 Years; That’s About to Change

February 16, 2021 HALLE PARKER, Nola.com

It’s been 19 years since Louisiana, stung by a $1 billion court judgment, last opened its water bottoms for new oyster leases. But the state is now lifting its moratorium, raising hopes among oyster harvesters who have endured a series of setbacks from Mother Nature as well as the BP oil disaster.