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Waters closed for over 4 years reopen to commercial, recreational fishing

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Waters around Plaquemines, South Jefferson and Lafourche Parishes reopened to commercial and recreational fishing on Monday. 

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries has re-opened a number of state inshore and Gulf of Mexico waters that were previously closed due to oiling from the 2010 Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill.

Waters opened a half hour before sunrise on Monday, August 4.

BP gave the state millions of dollars to market Louisiana Seafood following the oil spill. Lieutenant Governor Jay Dardenne says it's a promotion that helps the industry.

"People are not concerned as much, if any, about the quality of seafood coming out of the Gulf or the abundance of seafood coming out of the Gulf and outfits like Louisiana Seafood Promotion Board and similar ones in other states, as well as the many groups that are all about seafood have done a great job of trying to dispel those rumors," he said.

LDWF is reopening the areas to commercial fishing pursuant to agreements by state and federal officials for reopening waters closed as a result of the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill. The areas are also reopened to all recreational fishing.
 
The waters to re-open are as follows:

  • A portion of the upper Barataria Basin centered near Bay Jimmy and Bay Batiste with the exception of a 100-yard shoreline buffer from any shoreline
  • All waters within the Birdsfoot Delta of the Mississippi River
  • Areas surrounding the Grand Terre Islands with the exception of an area one quarter mile seaward from the Gulf-facing shoreline
  • The area seaward between Elmer's Island and Fourchon Beaches with the exception of a one-quarter mile area seaward from the Gulf-facing shoreline.

State rules, regulations and seasons for individual saltwater species are still effective within these areas. To view current regulations click here:  http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/regulations

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