Oil Spill

LDWF ANNOUNCES FISHING OPENINGS IN PORTIONS OF LAFOURCHE AND TERREBONNE PARISHES

Release Date: 06/17/2010

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Secretary Robert Barham announced the following opening to recreational and commercial fishing in portions of inside waters and the territorial seas in Lafourche and Terrebonne parishes effective immediately, today June 17. 

Fishing Opening

  • The portion of state inside waters north of 29 degrees 21 minutes 42 seconds north latitude and south of 29 degrees 30 minutes 00 seconds north latitude from the western shore of Bayou Lafourche westward to the eastern shore of Bayou Terrebonne.
  • The portion of state inside waters north of 29 degrees 08 minutes 19 seconds north latitude from the Houma Navigation Canal red buoy line westward to 90 degrees 39 minutes 26.8 seconds west longitude.
  • The portion of state inside waters north of 29 degrees 05 minutes 00 seconds north latitude and south of 29 degrees 08 minutes 19 seconds north latitude from the Houma Navigation Canal red buoy line westward to 90 degrees 49 minutes 00 seconds west longitude with the exception of the following area which shall remain closed to recreational and commercial fishing.
    • The portion of inside waters near Bay Blanc north of 29 degrees 07 minutes 19 seconds north latitude and south of 29 degrees 09 minutes 04 seconds north latitude from 90 degrees 42 minutes 46 seconds west longitude westward to 90 degrees 44 minutes 47 seconds west longitude shall remain closed to recreational and commercial fishing.
  • The portion of state inside and outside waters south of 29 degrees 05 minutes 00 seconds north latitude from 90 degrees 46 minutes 01 seconds west longitude westward to 90 degrees 49 minutes 00 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.

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 Marianne Burke, 225-765-2917 or mburke@wlf.la.gov.

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LDWF ANNOUNCES FISHING OPENINGS EAST OF THE MISSISSIPPI RIVER IN ST. BERNARD PARISH

Release Date: 06/15/2010

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Secretary Robert Barham announced the following opening to recreational and commercial fishing in portions of inside waters and the territorial seas east of the Mississippi River in St. Bernard Parish effective immediately, today June 15. This area was originally closed due to precautionary measures. The most recent information from shoreline cleanup assessment teams indicates no oil in these areas.

Fishing Opening

The portion of Breton and Chandeleur Sounds as described by the double rig line in LA R.S.56 495.1 and state outside waters seaward of the inside/outside shrimp line north of 29 degrees 37 minutes 54 seconds north latitude will open to recreational and commercial fishing with the exception of the following areas which shall remain closed to recreational and commercial fishing:

  • those inside and outside state waters bounded on the north by 30 degrees 01 minutes 00 seconds north latitude and on the south by 29 degrees 43 minutes 58 seconds north latitude from the Louisiana territorial sea boundary westward to 88 degrees 55 minutes 14.6 seconds west longitude.
  • the portion of inside waters extending north of Martin Island at 29 degrees 57 minutes 29.6 seconds north latitude and south of Isle au Pitre at 30 degrees 09 minutes 20.5 seconds north latitude from 89 degrees 7 minutes 00 seconds west longitude westward to 89 degrees 15 minutes 30 seconds west longitude.
    Portions of the Breton National Wildlife Refuge may lie within the open area and fishermen are advised to contact the US Fish and Wildlife Service at (985)882-2000 for information concerning refuge regulations and/or refuge closures.

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 Marianne Burke, 225-765-2917 or mburke@wlf.la.gov

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LDWF ANNOUNCES FISHING OPENINGS IN LOWER PLAQUEMINES PARISH

Release Date: 06/14/2010

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Secretary Robert Barham announced the following opening to recreational and commercial fishing in portions of inside waters east and west of the Mississippi River in Plaquemines Parish effective immediately, today June 14.  The area was originally closed as a precautionary measure.  The most recent information from shoreline cleanup assessment teams indicates no oil in these areas.

Inside Waters West of Mississippi River

The portion of state inside waters north of the inside/outside shrimp line west of the Mississippi River from the southern shore of Red Pass at 89 degrees 28 minutes 13.4 seconds west longitude westward to 89 degrees 30 minutes 12 seconds west longitude near Sandy Point. 

Inside Waters East of Mississippi River

The portion of state inside waters inshore of the inside/outside shrimp line located south and east of the eastern shore of Baptiste Collette Bayou eastward to the eastern shore of Main Pass.

Territorial Sea East of Mississippi River

The portion of state outside waters east of the Mississippi River seaward of the inside/outside shrimp line west of 89 degrees 11 minutes 21 seconds west longitude and south of 29 degrees 21 minutes 32.7 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 @GOHSEP. View photos in from the state's response efforts at http://www.flickr.com/photos/lagohsep.

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

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LOUISIANA DEPARTMENT OF WILDLIFE AND FISHERIES AMENDS FISHING CLOSURE SOUTH OF COCODRIE IN TERREBONNE PARISH

Release Date: 06/11/2010

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Secretary Robert Barham announced the following opening to recreational and commercial fishing in a portion of inside waters south of Cocodrie in Terrebonne Parish effective one-half hour before sunrise on June 12.

The portion of state inside waters north of 29 degrees 8 minutes 19 seconds north latitude from 90 degrees 39 minutes 26.8 seconds west longitude north to the eastern shore of the Houma Navigation Canal westward to the eastern shore of Bayou Grand Caillou at its intersection with 90 degrees 49 minutes 00 seconds west longitude and southward along 90 degrees 49 minutes 00 seconds west longitude shall open to recreational and commercial fishing effective one-half hour before sunrise June 12, 2010.

The Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals has announced reopening of these waters to the harvest of oysters.

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.

Editors: For more information please contact Marianne Burke, LDWF Public Information Director at mburke@wlf.la.gov or 225.765.2917

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.

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LDWF Amends Fishing Closure in Southern Portion of Breton-Chandeleur Sounds and Adjacent State Outside Waters East of the Mississippi River

Release Date: 06/09/2010

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Secretary Robert Barham announced the following opening to recreational and commercial fishing in portions of state inside and outside waters east of the Mississippi River effective immediately today June 9. A precautionary closure of this area was issued April 30. To date, no oil has been documented in this area.

Inshore Openings

The open waters of Breton and Chandeleur Sounds as described by the double-rig line in LA R.S.56:495.1 south of 29 degrees 37 minutes 54 seconds north latitude near Curlew Island will open effective immediately today June 9, 2010. The area south and east of Baptiste Collette Bayou will remain closed.

Territorial Sea Openings

The state's territorial seas east of the Mississippi River south of 29 degrees 37 minutes 54 seconds north latitude near Curlew Island and north of 29 degrees 21 minutes 32.7 seconds north latitude near Baptiste Collette Bayou will open effective immediately today June 9, 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.

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

For more information please contact Marianne Burke, LDWF Public Information Director at mburke@wlf.la.gov or 225.765.2917

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LDWF Amends Fishing Closure West of the Mississippi River in Port Sulphur and Empire Area, Plaqumines Parish

Release Date: 06/08/2010

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Secretary Robert Barham announced the following closure to recreational and commercial fishing in portions of inside waters east of Grand Bayou in Plaquemines Parish effective immediately today, June 8 due to reports of oil.

The portion of state inside waters west of the Mississippi River and south of 29 degrees 30 minutes 00 seconds north latitude and north of 29 degrees 20 minutes 00 seconds north latitude from the western shoreline of the Empire Canal westward to the western shoreline of Grand Bayou is closed to recreational and commercial fishing effective immediately today, June 8, 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.

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

For more information please contact Marianne Burke, LDWF Public Information Director at mburke@wlf.la.gov or 225.765.2917

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LOUISIANA DEPARTMENT OF WILDLIFE AND FISHERIES AMENDS FISHING CLOSURE

Release Date: 06/07/2010

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Secretary Robert Barham announced the following opening to recreational and commercial fishing in portions of inside waters near Cocodrie and south of Dulac, LA and in portions of the territorial seas in Terrebonne and Vermilion parishes effective immediately today, June 7. 

Inside Waters Opening

The portion of state inside waters south of 29 degrees 21 minutes 00 seconds north latitude west of the western shore of Bayou Petit Caillou and east of the eastern shore of the Houma Navigation Canal opens to recreational and commercial fishing effective immediately today, June 7. 

The portion of state inside waters north of the inside/outside shrimp line from 90 degrees 49 minutes 00 seconds west longitude westward to the eastern shore of Bayou Grand Caillou opens to recreational and commercial fishing effective immediately today, June 7. 

Territorial Seas Opening

The portion of state outside waters seaward of the inside/outside shrimp line from 90 degrees 49 minutes 00 seconds west longitude westward to 91 degrees 20 minutes 20 seconds west longitude near the southwestern shore of Pointe au Fer island opens to recreational and commercial fishing effective immediately today, June 7.

The portion of state outside waters seaward of the inside/outside shrimp line from 92 degrees 18 minutes 00 seconds west longitude near Freshwater Bayou westward to 92 degrees  25 minutes 00 seconds west longitude opens to recreational and commercial fishing effective immediately today, June 7.

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.

For more information please contact Marianne Burke, LDWF Public Information Director at mburke@wlf.la.gov or 225.765.2917

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.

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LDWF AMENDS FISHING CLOSURES IN PORTION OF BARATARIA BASIN

Release Date: 06/06/2010

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Secretary Robert Barham announced the following action in a portion of the Barataria Basin south of Empire, LA in Plaquemines Parish effective at sunset today, June 6, due to confirmed reports of oil in the area.

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, closes to recreational and commercial fishing effective sunset today, June 6. 

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.

For more information please contact Marianne Burke, LDWF Public Information Director at mburke@wlf.la.gov or 225.765.2917

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.

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Oiled Impacted Birds Released at Sherburne Wildlife Management Area

Release Date: 06/04/2010



Officials from the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) and United States Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) Thursday released back into the wild two birds rescued from oil impacted marshes along the Louisiana coast.


One Least Bittern and a single Cattle Egret, treated at the Fort Jackson rehabilitation facility in Buras, La., were released at Sherburne Wildlife Management Area (WMA) on the northern edge of the Atchafalaya Basin. The release of these oil impacted birds brings the total to 24 birds rehabilitated in Louisiana and set free following treatment in the wake of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill incident. 


The rehabilitation facility is operated by Tri-State Bird Rescue and Research Center and the International Bird Rescue and Research Center.  


Sherburne WMA was chosen for the release due to the quality of habitat available for these species and the central location of the WMA in the state. The public land is located in the Morganza Flood way system of the Atchafalaya Basin and is situated in the lower and upper portions of Pointe Coupee, St. Martin, and Iberville Parishes respectively. LDWF owns 11,780 acres, the USFWS owns 15,220 acres and the remaining 17,000 acres is owned by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. The area is managed as one unit by LDWF.


View photos of the release at http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/oilspill/gallery.


For more information related to the oil spill, visit 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 www.flickr.com/photos/lagohsep


For more information, contact Bo Boehringer at bboehringer@wlf.la.gov or (225) 765-5115.


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LDWF Rescues 35 Oiled Brown Pelicans in Grand Isle Area

Release Date: 06/04/2010



Biologists from the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries responded to 60 calls reporting oiled birds in and around Grand Isle Thursday June 3, resulting in the successful location and capture of 35 brown pelicans and 15 gulls.  One pelican, dubbed the "Governor's bird," was discovered by Gov. Bobby Jindal's staff as he toured the area.


Other rescue teams retrieved 10 additional oiled birds Thursday, including pelicans and a tern. All of the birds were collected from areas in the Deepwater Horizon oil spill impact zone.


LDWF Secretary Robert Barham said "I am pleased that we were able to rescue so many birds, including our state bird, the brown pelican.  But I'm afraid that our work has just started."


Found throughout the affected portions of Louisiana, 324 birds have been processed through the wildlife rehabilitation triage center set up at Fort Jackson in Buras.  Nearly 200 birds were dead before their arrival at the center.  Twenty-four birds have been treated and released.


Oil-spill responders have discovered 278 sea turtles in the five-state impact area, 68 of which were found in Louisiana.  Three of the Louisiana turtles were observed covered in oil and brought to the Louisiana Marine Mammal and Sea Turtle Rescue Program facility in New Orleans.


Of 31 dolphins reported dead in the impact area, 20 were discovered in Louisiana.  The cause of death is still pending in all cases.


"Wildlife is both our business and our passion," said Barham.  "Each and every animal is important to us and we will do everything possible to give them a fighting chance."


For more information related to the oil spill, visit 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 www.flickr.com/photos/lagohsep


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For more information, contact Bo Boehringer at bboehringer@wlf.la.gov or (225) 765-5115.


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