December 19, 2013 - The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) is extending the open hours for Elmer’s Island refuge over the Christmas and New Year’s holiday. During the holidays, Elmer’s Island will be open on Friday, December 20 and through Sunday, January 5, 2014.
Elmer’s Island refuge will be open will be 30 minutes before sunrise to 30 minutes after sunset throughout the opening.
Night-time access on the island remains closed and camping on the beach is strictly prohibited.
Following this special opening, public access to Elmer’s Island will revert back to the previously established schedule, open Friday through Sunday.
On September 4, 2012, LDWF announced an emergency closure of coastal waters due to the emergence of a large tar mat and concentrations of tar balls on adjacent beaches, including the area of Elmer’s Island. The closure prohibits commercial and recreational fishing within these waters except for recreational and charter boat angling. The harvest of live bait by wholesale/retail seafood dealers who hold a special bait dealers permit and who harvest live bait for sale to recreational fishermen exclusively is also permitted. On December 5, 2013 LDWF reopened some of the area for commercial and recreational fishing. A map of the closed area can be found here:
VIEW MAP OF CLOSURE AREA 
The only fishing activity allowed in the area is recreational, rod and reel (hook and line) fishing for finfish.
The following activities are strictly prohibited on Elmer’s Island:
• All commercial fishing
• Recreational harvest of shrimp, crabs and oysters
• Night-time access
Workers and state officials will continue to monitor the shoreline in order to continue to respond to oiling impacts. Any sightings of oil should be reported to LDWF at (800) 442-2511 and the National Response Center (NRC) at (800) 424-8802.
For more information regarding Elmer's Island, please contact Julia Lightner at firstname.lastname@example.org  or (504) 286-4041.