LDWF EXPANDS RECREATIONAL AND COMMERCIAL FISHING CLOSURES IN LOWER TERREBONNE BOTH INSHORE AND IN THE TERRITORIAL SEAS BECAUSE OF CONFIRMED REPORTS OF OIL EFFECTIVE IMMEDIATELY

Release Date: 05/14/2010

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Secretary Robert Barham announced the following closure to recreational and commercial fishing activities effective immediately, today May 15, 2010, due to confirmed reports of oil in this area. The oil will have to be further analyzed to confirm it is connected to the Deepwater Horizon spill.

Oiled trawls and boats were reported to LDWF today by a local shrimp harvester in Terrebonne parish. Upon receiving the coordinates and verifying the oiled areas, Secretary Barham made the decision to close the following areas to commercial and recreational fishing effective immediately, today, May 15, 2010.

Inshore Closure

 *   Inshore waters south of 29 degrees 19 minutes 59 seconds north latitude between 91  degrees 21 minutes 09 seconds west longitude  at  Point au Fer  to longitude  90 degrees 39 minutes 00 seconds west longitude in the vicinity of Cocodrie.

Territorial Sea Closure

 *   All state outside waters extending seaward of the inside/outside shrimp line from the Pointe au Fer Island at 91 degrees 21 minutes 09 seconds west longitude eastward to 91 degrees west longitude.

LDWF continues to work closely with the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospital (DHH) to conduct tissue-sample analysis in an effort to guarantee the safety of Louisianas seafood.

For more information contact Laura Deslatte at ldeslatte@wlf.la.gov or  225-765-2335 or 225-610-2363.

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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