The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries on Tuesday delayed the oyster season in a portion of public oyster seed grounds in Southeast Louisiana to protect recently settled  young oysters, referred to as spat.

The delay includes the area of the public oyster seed grounds east of the Mississippi RIver Gulf Outlet, including Lake Borgne and the Mississippi Sound, according to a press release.

To view a map of the area affected by the delay, click here.

The oyster season was originally set to open on Oct. 20, but LDWF said protection of the spat is in the long-term best interest of oyster conservation in the area because oyster stocks are low and spatfall has remained below normal.

A new opening date has not been announced.