“Jobs are the number one priority of the Obama administration and the travel and tourism industry plays a key role in that effort,” Locke said. “It's clear we are going to need a proactive and aggressive approach to expand travel and tourism both in the Gulf and throughout the
While the State of
On the Louisiana Office of Tourism’s website, the department says it will monitor the impact of the oil spill and cleanup efforts in the
A cap device has been successfully installed on the well at the site of the spill. Engineers now monitor the cap’s effectiveness as work to create relief wells resumes.
The primary area affected by the spill is around the mouth of the Mississippi River in the southeast region of
Affected coastal areas, as well as areas of uncertainty, have been closed to commercial fishing by the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries in portions of Jefferson, Lafourche,
Recreational and commercial fishing is unaffected off the coast of Cameron,
When LDWF receives reports of possible oil, the agency closes those areas and initiates field surveys and seafood testing with the intent to be as safe as possible. As test results come back clearing the area, effected waters are then reopened.
The LDWF has lifted a ban on recreational sports fishing in most areas closed in recent weeks because of the oil spill. The exception is areas that have oil present and where cleanup operations are underway. The ban was lifted in areas after extensive testing was not showing contamination of fish in areas previously closed.
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