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LDWF ANNOUNCES OPENING OF SPRING SHRIMP SEASON IN LAKE PONTCHARTRAIN, LAKE BORGNE AND MISSISSIPPI SOUND

Release Date: 05/26/2010

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Secretary Robert Barham announced the opening of the spring shrimp season in portions of Zone 1 east of the Mississippi River effective 6 am, May 31, 2010.

Spring Inshore Shrimp Season Opening:

  • Pass Manchac east of the railway bridge
  • Lake Pontchartrain
  • Rigoletes Pass
  • Chef Menteur Pass
  • Lake Borgne
  • Mississippi Sound: the portion of Mississippi Sound north of the Biloxi Marsh and west of 89 degrees 11 minutes 15.5 seconds west longitude at Isle au Pitre

On May 6, the Wildlife and Fisheries Commission granted authority to the secretary to open the spring shrimp season in both inside and outside state waters within Shrimp Management Zone 1, based on biological date and the latest oil-spill trajectory.   Field reports indicate that 50 percent or more of the brown shrimp crop in these waters will average larger than 100 count per pound. 

To date, there have been no confirmed reports of oil in these areas

All other closures issued by LDWF remain in place

To view a map detailing these closures click here:  http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/pdfs/news/FISHING-CLOSURE.jpg.

For more information related to the oil spill, visit http://www.emergency.louisiana.gov. Connect with us on www.facebook.com/GOHSEP and on Twitter @GOHSEP. View photos in from the state's response efforts at http://www.flickr.com/photos/lagohsep.

For more information please contact Laura Deslatte at ldeslatte@wlf.la.gov or 225.765.2335 or 225.610.2363

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LDWF Issues Additional Recreational and Commercial Fishing Closure in the Territorial Seas near Marsh Island

Release Date: 05/26/2010

LDWF Secretary Robert Barham announced the following precautionary closure to recreational and commercial fishing activities near Marsh Island effective immediately, today, May 26.  These closures are a result of confirmed reports of oil. 

Territorial Sea Closure

All state outside waters extending seaward of the inside/outside shrimp line from South Point of Marsh Island at 91 degrees 45 minutes 48 seconds west longitude westward to the eastern shore of Freshwater Bayou at 92 degrees 18 minutes 27 seconds west longitude

Precautionary closures of recreational and commercial fishing have been implemented based on the best information the Secretary of the Department receives from field biologists, staff and trajectory models from NOAA.

Once reports of oil are received, LDWF initiates a field survey and immediate seafood testing in the suspected areas.  Closures are subsequently made with the intent to be as safe as possible, while not closing any fishing areas unnecessarily.  As test results come back clearing the area, effected waters are then reopened. 

LDWF continues to work closely with DHH in an effort to assess all opportunities to resume normal fishing activities on Louisiana's coast and guarantee the safety of Louisiana's seafood.

All other closures remain in place. http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/pdfs/news/FISHING-CLOSURE.jpg

For more information related to the oil spill, visit http://www.emergency.louisiana.gov. Connect with us on www.facebook.com/GOHSEP and on Twitter @GOHSEP. View photos in from the state's response efforts at http://www.flickr.com/photos/lagohsep.

For more information please contact Laura Deslatte at ldeslatte@wlf.la.gov or 225.765.2335 or 225.610.2363

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LDWF Re-opens State Territorial Seas south of Marsh Island to Recreational and Commercial Fishing

Release Date: 05/24/2010

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Secretary Robert Barham announced the following re-opening to recreational and commercial fishing activities in portions of the state territorial seas south of Marsh Island in Iberia and Vermilion parishes effective immediately, today, May 24, 2010.

This area was originally closed on May 18, 2010 due to a confirmed report of oil on a small section of the southern shoreline of Marsh Island.  Since that time, no additional oil has been reported from the area.

Territorial Seas Opening

All state outside waters extending seaward of the inside/outside shrimp line from South Point of Marsh Island at 91 degrees 45 minutes 48 seconds west longitude westward to the eastern shore of Freshwater Bayou at 92 degrees 18 minutes 27 seconds west longitude.

Precautionary closures of recreational and commercial fishing have been implemented based on the best information the Secretary of the Department receives from field biologists, staff and trajectory models from NOAA.

Once reports of oil are received, LDWF initiates a field survey and immediate seafood testing in the suspected areas.  Closures are subsequently made with the intent to be as safe as possible, while not closing any fishing areas unnecessarily.  As test results come back clearing the area, effected waters are then reopened.

LDWF continues to work closely with DHH in an effort to assess all opportunities to resume normal fishing activities on Louisiana's coast and guarantee the safety of Louisiana's seafood.

All other closures remain in place.

For more information related to the oil spill, visit http://www.emergency.louisiana.gov. Connect with us on www.facebook.com/GOHSEP and on Twitter @GOHSEP. View photos in from the state's response efforts at http://www.flickr.com/photos/lagohsep.

For more information please contact Laura Deslatte at ldeslatte@wlf.la.gov or 225.765.2335 or 225.610.2363

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LDWF Modifies Closures in Portion of Inside Waters East of Grand Isle to Recreational and Commercial Fishing

Release Date: 05/22/2010

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Secretary Robert Barham announced the following additional closure to recreational and commercial fishing activities in a portion of state inside waters east of Grand Isle effective immediately, today, May 22, 2010.

Inside Waters Closure

The portion of inside waters from the eastern shore of Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals Harvest Area 12 near Lake Grand Ecaille westward to the western shore of the Barataria Waterway as marked by the green buoy line and south of 29 degrees 23 minutes and 50 seconds north latitude.

Precautionary closures of recreational and commercial fishing have been implemented based on the best information the Secretary of the Department receives from field biologists, staff and trajectory models from NOAA.

Once reports of oil are received, LDWF initiates a field survey and immediate seafood testing in the suspected areas. Closures are subsequently made with the intent to be as safe as possible, while not closing any fishing areas unnecessarily. As test results come back clearing the area, effected waters are then reopened.

LDWF continues to work closely with DHH in an effort to assess all opportunities to resume normal fishing activities on Louisiana's coast and guarantee the safety of Louisiana's seafood.

For more information related to the oil spill, visit http://www.emergency.louisiana.gov. Connect with us on www.facebook.com/GOHSEP and on Twitter as @GOHSEP. View photos from the state's response efforts at http ://www.flickr.com/photos/lagohsep.

For more information contact Laura Deslatte at ldeslatte@wlf.la.gov or 225-765-2335 or 225-610-2363.

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LDWF Modifies Closures in Portions of the Barataria and Terrebonne Basins and Territorial Seas to Recreational and Commercial Fishing

Release Date: 05/22/2010

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Secretary Robert Barham announced the following additional closures to recreational and commercial fishing activities in portions of state inside waters in lower Jefferson, Lafourche and Terrebonne parishes and territorial seas effective immediately, today, May 22, 2010.  These closures were implemented due to confirmed reports of oil.

Barataria Basin

The portion of state inside waters south of 29 degrees 30 minutes 00 seconds north latitude  and north of the inside/outside shrimp line, from the western shore of the Mississippi River westward to the western shore of Bayou Lafourche

Terrebonne Basin

The portion of state inside waters south of 29 degrees 21 minutes 00 seconds north latitude and north of the inside/outside shrimp line from the  western shore of Bayou Lafourche  westward to 91 degrees 20 minutes 20 seconds west longitude.

Territorial Seas

That portion of state outside waters seaward of the inside/outside shrimp line from 91 degrees 00 minutes 00 seconds west longitude westward to 91 degrees 20 minutes 20 seconds west longitude.

Precautionary closures of recreational and commercial fishing have been implemented based on the best information the Secretary of the Department receives from field biologists, staff and trajectory models from NOAA.

Once reports of oil are received, LDWF initiates a field survey and immediate seafood testing in the suspected areas.  Closures are subsequently made with the intent to be as safe as possible, while not closing any fishing areas unnecessarily.  As test results come back clearing the area, effected waters are then reopened. 

LDWF continues to work closely with DHH in an effort to assess all opportunities to resume normal fishing activities on Louisiana's coast and guarantee the safety of Louisiana's seafood.

All other closures remain in place.

For more information related to the oil spill, visit http://www.emergency.louisiana.gov. Connect with us on www.facebook.com/GOHSEP and on Twitter @GOHSEP. View photos in from the state's response efforts at http://www.flickr.com/photos/lagohsep.

For more information please contact Laura Deslatte at ldeslatte@wlf.la.gov or 225.765.2335 or 225.610.2363

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LDWF Modifies Closures in Portion of Territorial Seas Below Barataria Bay and Inside Waters West of Bayou Lafourche to Recreational and Commercial Fishing

Release Date: 05/21/2010

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Secretary Robert Barham announced the following closure to recreational and commercial fishing activities in a portion of the the territorial seas, just south of Barataria Bay, from the eastern shore of Chaland Pass to the eastern shore of Barataria Pass and a portion of state inside waters west of Bayou Lafourche effective sunset, today, May 21, 2010.  These closures are a result of confirmed reports of oil. 

Territorial Seas Closure

The state's territorial seas seaward of the inside-outside shrimp line from the eastern shore of Chaland Pass at 89 degrees 44 minutes 06.3 seconds west longitude to the eastern shore of Barataria Pass at 89 degrees 56 minutes 44 seconds west longitude will close effective sunset May 21, 2010.

 

Inshore Closure

That portion of inside waters from the western shore of Bayou Lafourche westward to 90 degrees 40 minutes 00 seconds west longitude north of 29 degrees 10 minutes 16 seconds north latitude and south of 29 degrees 14 minutes 00 seconds north latitude will close effective sunset May 21, 2010.

Precautionary closures of recreational and commercial fishing have been implemented based on the best information the Secretary of the department receives from field biologists, staff and trajectory models from NOAA.

Once reports of oil are received, LDWF initiates a field survey and immediate seafood testing in the suspected areas.  Closures are subsequently made with the intent to be as safe as possible, while not closing any fishing areas unnecessarily.  As test results come back clearing the area, effected waters are then reopened.

LDWF continues to work closely with DHH in an effort to assess all opportunities to resume normal fishing activities on Louisiana's coast and guarantee the safety of Louisiana's seafood.

For more information related to the oil spill, visit  http://www.emergency.louisiana.gov. Connect with us on

 www.facebook.com/GOHSEP and on Twitter as @GOHSEP. View photos from the state's response efforts at http ://www.flickr.com/photos/lagohsep

For more information contact Laura Deslatte at ldeslatte@wlf.la.gov or 225-765-2335 or 225-610-2363.

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Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Modifies Closures in Portion of Territorial Seas West of Caminada Pass to Recreational and Commercial Fishing

Release Date: 05/20/2010

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Secretary Robert Barham announced the following additional closure of a portion of the territorial seas, in lower Lafourche and Jefferson parishes, from the western shore of Caminada Pass to Belle Pass to recreational and commercial fishing activities effective immediately, May 20, 2010.   Oil has been documented in the area, including the presence of tar balls on Fourchon Beach.

Territorial Seas Closure

The state's territorial seas seaward of the inside-outside shrimp line from the western shore of Caminada Pass at 90 degrees 02 minutes  46.597 seconds west longitude westward to the western shore of Belle Pass at 90 degrees 13 minutes 36 seconds west longitude.

LDWF continues to work closely with DHH in an effort to assess all opportunities to resume normal fishing activities on Louisiana's coast and guarantee the safety of Louisiana's seafood.

Precautionary closures of recreational and commercial fishing have been implemented based on the best information the Secretary of the Department receives from field biologists, staff and trajectory models from NOAA.

Once reports are received, LDWF initiates a field survey and immediate seafood testing in the suspected areas.  Closures are subsequently made with the intent to be as safe as possible, while not closing any fishing areas unnecessarily.  As test results come back clearing the area, effected waters are then reopened.

All other closures remain in place.

For more information related to the oil spill, visit http://www.emergency.louisiana.gov.  Connect with us at www.facebook.com/GOHSEP and on Twitter as @GOHSEP. View photos from the state's response efforts at www.flickr.com/photos/lagohsep.

To see current fishing map click here: www.wlf.louisiana.gov/pdfs/news/fishing-closure.jpg.

For more information contact Laura Deslatte at ldeslatte@wlf.la.gov or 225-765-2335 or 225-610-2363.

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LDWF Modifies Closures in Portion of Territorial Seas Including Barataria to Caminada Passes for Recreational and Commercial Fishing

Release Date: 05/20/2010

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Secretary Robert Barham announced the following closure to recreational and commercial fishing activities in a portion of the territorial seas, in lower Jefferson Parish, from the eastern shore of Barataria Pass to the western shore of Caminada Pass effective today, May 20, 2010 at sunset.   These actions were taken due to confirmed reports of oil.

Territorial Seas Closure

The state's territorial seas seaward of the inside-outside shrimp line from the eastern shore of Barataria Pass at 89 degrees 56 minutes 44 seconds west longitude westward to the western shore of Caminada Pass at 90 degrees 02 minutes  46.597 seconds west longitude will close effective sunset May 20, 2010.

Precautionary closures of recreational and commercial fishing have been implemented based on the best information the Secretary of the Department receives from field biologists, staff and trajectory models from NOAA.

Once reports of oil are received, LDWF initiates a field survey and immediate seafood testing in the suspected areas.  Closures are subsequently made with the intent to be as safe as possible, while not closing any fishing areas unnecessarily.  As test results come back clearing the area, effected waters are then reopened.

LDWF continues to work closely with DHH in an effort to assess all opportunities to resume normal fishing activities on Louisiana's coast and guarantee the safety of Louisiana's seafood.

For more information related to the oil spill, visit http://www.emergency.louisiana.gov. Connect with us on www.facebook.com/GOHSEP and on Twitter @GOHSEP. View photos in from the state's response efforts at http://www.flickr.com/photos/lagohsep.

For more information please contact Laura Deslatte at ldeslatte@wlf.la.gov or 225.765.2335 or 225.610.2363

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LDWF MODIFIES CLOSURES IN PORTION OF TERRITORIAL SEAS BELOW EMPIRE TO RECREATIONAL AND COMMERCIAL FISHING

Release Date: 05/19/2010

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Secretary Robert Barham announced the following additional closure of a portion of the territorial sea, west of the Mississippi River in lower Plaquemines Parish to recreational and commercial fishing activities effective tomorrow, May 20, 2010, at sunrise. These modifications have no impact on fishing in the Grand Isle area.

Territorial Sea Closure

The state's territorial seas seaward of the inside-outside shrimp line from the eastern shore of Chaland Pass at 89 degrees 44 minutes 06.3 seconds west longitude, eastward to the mouth of Red Pass at 89 degrees 28 minutes 13.4 seconds west longitude.

LDWF continues to work closely with DHH in an effort to assess all opportunities to resume normal fishing activities on Louisiana's Coast and guarantee the safety of Louisiana's seafood.

All other closures remain in place.

For more information related to the oil spill, visit http://www.emergency.louisiana.gov. Connect with us on www.facebook.com/GOHSEP and on Twitter @GOHSEP. View photos in from the state's response efforts at http://www.flickr.com/photos/lagohsep.

Editors: For more information please contact Laura Deslatte at ldeslatte@wlf.la.gov or 225.765.2335 or 225.610.2363.

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LDWF and DHH Issue Additional Closures to Fishing and Oyster Harvesting Areas in the Territorial Seas near Marsh Island Due to Reports of Oil

Release Date: 05/18/2010

Officials Continue Aggressive Testing; Seafood on the Market Safe

The Louisiana departments of Health and Hospitals (DHH), and Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) announced today the closure of recreational and commercial fishing activities, and oyster harvesting  near Marsh Island and in harvesting bed Area 28 due to confirmed reports of oil associated with the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

LDWF Secretary Robert Barham announced the following closure to recreational and commercial fishing activities effective sunset today, May 18, 2010, due to confirmed reports of oil. LDWF staff documented oil on the Marsh Island beach, east of Southwest Pass.

Territorial Sea Closure

All state outside waters extending seaward of the inside/outside shrimp line from South Point of Marsh Island at 91 degrees 45 minutes 48 seconds west longitude westward to the eastern shore of Freshwater Bayou at 92 degrees 18 minutes 27 seconds west longitude.

All other closures remain in place.  For a map detailing these closures click here. http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/pdfs/news/fishing-closure.jpg

Oyster Harvesting Closure

DHH Secretary Alan Levine and State Health Officer Dr. Jimmy Guidry signed the closure order for Area 28, which will take effect at sunset today, Tuesday, May 18. Area 28, which is south of Vermillion Bay, is west of the Mississippi River in Iberia Parish.

Areas 2 through 4, 8, 14, 15 and 17 also are closed. Areas 5, 6, 7, 9 and 13 were recently reopened.

Closures will remain in effect until officials have determined that environmental conditions are within the requirements specified by the National Shellfish Sanitation Program.

Additional Testing

LDWF and DHH continue to work together to assess closures in order to maintain the safety of Louisiana seafood. 

DHH officials have also been working closely with other local, state and federal agencies to monitor the oil plume that continues to grow off of the Louisiana coastline for its potential impacts on oyster harvesting areas. Meanwhile, employees with DHH's Office of Public Health Molluscan Shellfish Program have continued regular testing of 8 million acres of coastal waters along the Louisiana shoreline.

In addition, DHH scientists and engineers are conducting enhanced testing of oyster meat taken from the closed beds to monitor the presence of oil, called hydrocarbon testing. Additional testing is also being conducted in unaffected oyster beds. These tests will create a baseline, which will be used to ensure the safety of oysters once the incident clears in order to reopen beds. Oysters being harvested in open areas are considered safe.

The public is encouraged to call a toll-free hotline, 1-800-256-2775, to report the presence of oil or an oil sheen.

Officials with LDWF and DHH are working closely the Governor's Office for Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness as the situation develops. For more information related to the oil spill, visit www.emergency.louisiana.gov. Connect at www.facebook.com/GOHSEP and on Twitter at #GOHSEP. Also find more about DHH at www.dhh.louisiana.gov.

For more information please contact Laura Deslatte at ldeslatte@wlf.la.gov or 225.765.2335 or 225.610.2363.

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