Oil Spill

LDWF ANNOUNCES RE-OPENING OF PORTION OF INSIDE WATERS IN WESTERN TERREBONNE PARISH

Release Date: 05/26/2010

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Secretary Robert Barham announced the re-opening to recreational and commercial fishing activities in inside waters west of the eastern shore of Bayou Grand Caillou in Terrebonne Parish effective 6 pm, May 26, 2010.  A precautionary closure of this area was issued May 22 due to increasing number of documented reports of oil east of this area.  To date, no oil has been documented in this area. 

Effective with this action, all state inside waters from the eastern shore of Bayou Grand Caillou westward to the Louisiana/Texas state line are open to recreational and commercial fishing.

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 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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Video: Sea Turtle Rescue and Rehabilitation

Release Date: 05/23/2010


The Marine Mammal and Sea Turtle Rescue Program at the Audubon Nature Institute rehabilitates an oiled Kemp's Ridley sea turtle rescued by L.D.W.F. Coastal and Nongame Resources and NOAA personnel on May 18, 2010.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_MFxOGB7Ico


For more video news links contact Marianne Burke (mburke@wlf.la.gov, 225-765-2917) or Thomas Gresham (tgresham@wlf.la.gov, 225-765-2496.)

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Video: LDWF Surveys Oil Damage at Pass a Loutre WMA

Release Date: 05/23/2010



LDWF surveys and examines oil damage to wetland habitat at Pass a Loutre Wildlife Management Area in the southern portion of Plaquemines Parish.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wQ7pRW2_XI0
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cuZH3Z6uGE0


For more video news links contact Marianne Burke (mburke@wlf.la.gov, 225-765-2917) or Thomas Gresham (tgresham@wlf.la.gov, 225-765-2496.)

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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 Recovers Two Oil-Impacted Sea Turtles

Release Date: 05/21/2010

           


Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries biologists recovered two oiled sea turtles yesterday approximately 25 miles offshore from Venice, La.  Biologists netted a small Kemp's ridley sea turtle and a mature loggerhead sea turtle that were originally spotted in a daily aerial tour and reported to LDWF.


"We plan to return to this area in the coming days to survey for more distressed sea turtles," said LDWF Secretary Robert Barham.  "LDWF is giving these oil-impacted animals their best chance for survival.  I hope these sea turtles make a full recovery, as they are a resilient species."


A team of five fisheries biologists conducted a three-day rescue attempt of these sea turtles.  The team traveled along rip tides, which sea turtles are known to follow, searching for the distressed animals; they were found on day three floating in an oil line.  After locating, the sea turtles were captured using nets.


Once aboard the LDWF vessel the sea turtles were properly sampled and documented, as the animals were transported back to Venice.  LDWF then transported the turtles to the Audubon Aquarium of the America's Institute staff who are then charged with cleaning and rehabilitating the animals.


LDWF is continually monitoring beaches and waters of Louisiana to survey for any animals that may need rescue.  In addition, aerial surveys are performed regularly by USFWS under the direction of the Unified Command Center in Houma.  Any observed animals are reported back to LDWF at which point fisheries biologists further investigate the report and follow full sampling protocols.


To view these images click here: 


http://bit.ly/ahOARQ


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 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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