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Wednesday, April 24, 2019

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Portions of Elmer’s Island, Fourchon Beach re-open to fishing

Portions of Elmer’s Island, Fourchon Beach re-open to fishing

BATON ROUGE – The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries announced the reopening of certain state inshore and Gulf of Mexico watersthat were previously closed due to oiling from the 2010 Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill.

Waters will be open ½ hour before sunrise Monday, August 4.

LDWF is re-opening these areas to commercial fishing closed as a result of the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill. These areas will also be re-openedto all recreational fishing.

The waters to re-open are as follows:
- A portion of the upper Barataria Basin centered near Bay Jimmy and BayBatiste
- All waters within the Birdsfoot Delta of the Mississippi River
- Areas surrounding the Grand Terre Islands
- The area seaward between Elmer’s Island and Fourchon Beaches with the exception of a one-quarter mile area seaward from the Gulf-facingshoreline.

LDWF will continue monitoring conditions to determine whether additional waters can be re-opened or whether additional closures are warranted. Reports of oil, tarballs or tar mats should be reported to the National Response Center at 1-800-424-8802 and the La. State Police at 1-877-925-6595.