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Thursday, 08 July 2010 18:11
Louisiana BP Oil Update: Recreational Fishing Closure, Tar Balls Near Pontchartrain
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Today the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission chose to reinstitute a complete closure to recreational fishing in all Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries closure areas. This action by the commission reverses the Secretary of the Department's decision earlier this week to allow the recreational catch and release of finfish in closed areas.


Fishermen may continue to transit through closed areas with fish legally harvested from open waters but may not fish in any closed area.

Precautionary closures of recreational and commercial fishing have been implemented by the Secretary based on the best information the Secretary of the department receives from field biologists, staff and trajectory models from NOAA.

The Secretary's authority for these closures limits the duration of his actions to 7 days following the next scheduled monthly commission meeting and requires the Commission to revisit the Secretary's action to extend the effective date . The Commission heard extensive public testimony before voting to remove the allowance of recreational catch and release fishing in the closed areas.

LDWF continues to work closely with DHH in an effort to assess all opportunities to resume normal fishing activities on Louisiana's coast and guarantee the safety of Louisiana's seafood.

Also, below is the most recent Oil  Site Sightings from Wildlife and Fisheries for Thursday July 8. Once again, tar balls were found near Lake  Pontchartrain  in St. Tammany Parish:

Cameron Parish:
Sighting: Subsurface oil strips located 5.5 miles S of the Calcasieu Ship Channel
Date: 8 Jul 10

Sighting: Oil located 22.5 miles SSE of the Calcasieu Ship Channel
Date: 8 Jul 10

Jefferson Parish:
Sighting: Sheen located on the E side of Isle Grande Terre
Date: 8 JUL 10

Sighting: Rainbow sheen with small tar balls located along the west edge of Grand Terre Island; sheen extends into the Gulf & Barataria Bay.
Date: 8 JUL 10

Sighting: Tar Balls located .5 miles S of Grand Isle.
Date: 8 JUL 10

Sighting: Tar balls located .6 miles S of the E end of Grand Island
Date: 8 JUL 10

Sighting: Oil sheen found at the mouth of Barataria Bay Waterway.
Date: 8 JUL 10

Lafourche Parish:
Sighting: Oil located 1.85 S of the Fornation Islands
Date: 8 Jul 10

Sighting: Oil mass covering 5 acres located 6 miles SE of Pass Fourchon
Date: 8 Jul 10

Sighting: Heavy sheen 100 feet by 200 feet in size located 2.6 miles S of East Timbalier Island
Date: 8 Jul 10

Sighting: Oil sheen located in the NW side of Bay Champagne
Date: 8 Jul 10

Sighting: Oil located E of the eastern marsh in Raccoon Lake
Date: 8 Jul 10

Sighting: Large patch of thick grey oil sheen located 1 mile NE of Point Des Illetes
Date: 8 Jul 10

Plaquemines Parish:
Sighting: Rainbow sheen with a few tar balls located in Pass Abel near the W edge of East Grand Terre.
Date: 8 Jul 10

Sighting: Sheen with tar balls and pancakes located 24 miles E of Blind Bay.
Date: 8 Jul 10

Sighting: Oil with tar balls located 42 miles ESE of South Pass.
Date: 8 Jul 10

Sighting: Oil slick/sheen 100 yards by 1 mile located 1 mile NE of Snake Island.
Date: 8 Jul 10

Sighting: Oil located in N Redfish Bay
Date: 8 Jul 10

Sighting: Sheen with tar balls located throughout Bay Batiste.
Date: 8 Jul 10

Sighting: Heavy Oil located in Bay Jimmy
Date: 8 Jul 10

Sighting: Heavy sheen located in N Barataria Bay 2 miles NE of Saint Marys Point.
Date: 8 Jul 10

Sighting: Thick oil impacting grass located in N Barataria Bay 2 miles N of Saint Mary's Point.
Date: 8 Jul 10

St. Bernard Parish:
Sighting: Oil in the marsh grass located in Door Point Lagoon 1 mile S of Pelican Point.
Date:8 Jul 10

Sighting: Dark oil with tar balls located 4 miles S of Cat Island Mississippi.
Date:8 Jul 10

Sighting: Oil located in Skiff Lake 1 mile W of Skiff Island.
Date:8 Jul 10

Sighting: Tar balls located in Treasure Bay 2 miles SW of Point Cahill.
Date:8 Jul 10

Sighting: Oil impacting grass located in Saint Helena Bay 1 mile west of Fiddlers Point.
Date:8 Jul 10

St. Tammany Parish:
Sighting: Sheen with tar balls located at 215 Southern Star Drive, Eden Isles.
Date: 8 Jul 10

Terrebonne Parish:
Sighting: Tar balls located in Caillou Bay just off the N shore of Raccoon Island
Date: 8 Jul 10

Sighting: Oil impacting the S beach on Trinity Island 1.8 miles from the E end
Date: 8 Jul 10

Sighting: Oil impacting the beach on the E side of Timbalier Island
Date: 8 Jul 10

Sighting: Oil impacting the marsh 1.5 miles E of Timbalier Island
Date: 8 Jul 10

 

 

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