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 firstname.lastname@example.org or 225.765.2917
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