Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Secretary Robert Barham announced the following actions in portions of the Barataria Basin in Jefferson and Plaquemines parishes effective immediately today, May 27.
The portion of state inside waters north of the inside/outside shrimp line and south of the Mississippi River from the southern shoreline of Red Pass at 89 degrees 28 minutes 13.4 seconds north latitude westward to the western shoreline of the Empire Canal; thence north along the western shoreline of the Empire Canal to 29 degrees 20 minutes 00 seconds north latitude; thence west along 29 degrees 20 minutes 00 seconds north latitude to the western shoreline of Grand Bayou; thence north along the western shoreline of Grand Bayou. This area was part of a precautionary closure. To date no oil has been confirmed in this area.
That portion of state inside waters north of 29 degrees 30 minutes 00 seconds north latitude and south of 29 degrees 35 minutes 00 seconds north latitude from 89 degrees 52 minutes west longitude near the western shoreline of Bay Batiste westward to 90 degrees 14 minutes 00 seconds west longitude near the western shoreline of Little Lake. This closure is due to confirmed reports of oil
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.
All other closures remain in place.
To view maps of the amended fishing closures: 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or 225.765.2335 or 225.610.2363