LDWF Announces the Opening of Commercial Crab Fishing in Significant Areas West of the Mississippi River

Release Date: 08/19/2010

 

Today, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, in coordination with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, ordered an emergency reopening of commercial crabbing in areas west of Southwest Pass of the Mississippi River that were previously closed because of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.

Effective immediately today, August 20, all state inside and outside territorial waters west of Southwest Pass of the Mississippi River and 89 degrees 25 minutes 00 seconds west longitude are open to the commercial harvest of crabs.

LDWF Secretary Robert Barham ordered these reopenings following the completion of comprehensive testing by the FDA. The FDA advised that, following extensive sensory testing and analytical chemistry results, the crab samples tested from previously closed areas are safe for consumption.

The following areas remain closed to all commercial fishing, including commercial crabbing, until further notice:

All Louisiana commercial fishing closures including commercial crab closures east of Southwest Pass of the Mississippi River remain unchanged. LDWF does anticipate FDA approval to reopen commercial crabbing in this area within days.

The portion of state inside waters north of 29 degrees 23 minutes 00 seconds north latitude and south of 29 degrees 30 minutes 00 seconds north latitude from 89 degrees 50 minutes 00 seconds west longitude westward to the eastern shore of the Barataria Waterway, and

The portion of state inside and outside waters north of 29 degrees 18 minutes 00 seconds north latitude and south of 29 degrees 22 minutes 00 seconds north latitude from 89 degrees 48 minutes 00 seconds west longitude westward to 89 degrees 52 minutes 00 seconds west longitude, and

The portion of state inside and outside waters bounded by the following coordinates:

29 degrees 18 minutes 00 seconds north latitude
89 degrees 48 minutes 00 seconds west longitude 
29 degrees 20 minutes 00 seconds north latitude
89 degrees 48 minutes 00 seconds west longitude 
29 degrees 13 minutes 40 seconds north latitude
89 degrees 33 minutes 00 seconds west longitude 
29 degrees 15 minutes 00 seconds north latitude
89 degrees 32 minutes 30 seconds west longitude 
The portion of state inside and outside waters bounded by the following coordinates:

29 degrees 18 minutes 00 seconds north latitude
89 degrees 52 minutes 00 seconds west longitude 
29 degrees 21 minutes 00 seconds north latitude
89 degrees 52 minutes 00 seconds west longitude 
29 degrees 15 minutes 40 seconds north latitude
89 degrees 56 minutes 00 seconds west longitude 
29 degrees 17 minutes 10 seconds north latitude
89 degrees 57 minutes 30 seconds west longitude 
The portion of state inside and outside waters north of 29 degrees 08 minutes 15 seconds north latitude and south of 29 degrees 11 minutes 40 seconds north latitude from 90 degrees 03 minutes 00 seconds west longitude westward to 90 degrees 07 minutes 00 seconds west longitude, and

The portion of state inside waters north of 29 degrees 09 minutes 00 seconds north latitude and south of 29 degrees 12 minutes 50 seconds north latitude from the western shore of Bayou Lafourche westward to 90 degrees 17 minutes 50 seconds west longitude, and

The portion of state inside and outside waters north of 29 degrees 03 minutes 00 seconds north latitude and south of 29 degrees 09 minutes 00 seconds north latitude from 90 degrees 13 minutes 30 seconds west longitude and the western shore of Bayou Lafourche westward to 90 degrees 34 minutes 00 seconds west longitude, and

The portion of state inside and outside waters north of 29 degrees 02 minutes 00 seconds north latitude and south of 29 degrees 05 minutes 00 seconds north latitude from 90 degrees 37 minutes 00 seconds west longitude westward to 90 degrees 58 minutes 00 seconds west longitude

For maps detailing these commercial openings, click here
For detail sheet one, click here
For detail sheet two, click here
For detail sheet three, click here
For more information related to the oil spill, visit http://www.emergency.louisiana.gov. Connect with us on Facebook athttp://www.facebook.com/GOHSEP and on Twitter as @GOHSEP. View photos from the state's response efforts athttp://www.flickr.com/photos/lagohsep.

For more information contact Marianne Burke at mburke@wlf.la.gov or 225-765-2917.

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