LDWF Biologists Document Oil at Elmer's Island

Release Date: 05/20/2010


Photos provided by the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries depict images of oil as it washes ashore Elmer's Island today in Jefferson Parish.

LDWF biologists, stationed at the Fisheries Lab in Grand Isle, conduct daily field surveys of Elmers Island, Grand Terre, Port Fourchon and Grand Isle beaches, documenting any signs of oil and searching for oil-impacted wildlife.  Reports indicate tar balls and emulsified oil cover the entire four mile stretch of beach at Elmer's Island.

The oil found at Elmer's Island has been sampled and is being tested to determine if its origin is from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.

Elmer's Island Wildlife Refuge, owned and maintained by the state of Louisiana, is a 230-acre tract of barrier beachfront located on the southwestern tip of Jefferson Parish. It is located directly across Caminada Pass from Grand Isle, LA. 

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