Sunday, May 2, 2010

Louisiana Closes Fishing Areas

On April 30, 2010, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, announced they will be closing select fishing areas as a precautionary response to the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

LDWF Secretary Robert Barham announced the closure of both recreational and commercial fishing in Zone 1, excluding the coastal boundaries of Lake Borgne, Lake Pontchartrain and Lake Maurapas.

BP's Deepwater Horizon drilling rig accident has resulted in a significant release of oil into the offshore waters of southeast Louisiana.

"I signed this emergency closure today as a proactive effort to prevent any oil-tainted fish, shrimp or crab from being caught and thus consumed," said LDWF Secretary Robert Barham.  "Now is the time to act as we see what the impacts may be to Louisiana's fragile ecosystems."

For a printable map (PDF) of fishing area closures, visit:

Officials with both agencies are working with the Governor's Office for Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness.

Updates on any further closures or changes in the status of areas closed will be posted at:

To learn more about LDWF, visit

No comments:

Post a Comment