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Wednesday, April 17, 2019

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LDWF reopens fishing in portion of waters near Elmer's Island

LDWF reopens fishing in portion of waters near Elmer's Island

The map shows the area of the revised closure adjacent to Elmer's Island.

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) has reopened commercial and recreational fishing within a portion of coastal waters adjacent to Elmer’s Island.

The closure area had previously included a one-mile buffer established in an abundance of caution for public safety following the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in 2010.

The area has been reopened to establish consistency with other oil spill related closures in state outside waters, and it shows no visible surface oil and no known oil residues in the area.

The department with its partners -- the US Food and Drug Administration, the National Marine Fisheries Service and the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals -- will continue to evaluate the potential for future openings using the established protocols.

The area was most recently closed in September 2012 when Hurricane Isaac exposed large oil mats and tar balls along the shoreline of this area. A map of the revised closure area adjacent to Elmer’s Island is posted on the LDWF website at