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LDWF Announces Partial Opening of Inshore Areas and Territorial Sea to Recreational and Commercial Fishing

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BATON ROUGE (May 13, 2010) - Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Secretary Robert Barham has announced several actions regarding recreational and commercial fishing activities effective sunrise, Friday, May 14.

Inshore Areas Opening

  • The inshore area from the Empire Canal eastward to the 89 degrees 30 minutes 12 seconds west longitude
  • The portion of state inside waters south of 29 degrees 13 minutes 12 seconds north latitude and north of 29 degrees 10 minutes 16 seconds north latitude

The portion of state inside waters south of 29 degrees 10 minutes 16 seconds north latitude from the western shore of Bayou Lafourche westward to the eastern shore of Bayou Grand Caillou at 90 degrees 56 minutes 14 seconds west longitude remains closed to all recreational and commercial fishing

Territorial Sea Opening

  • The state's territorial seas between Empire Canal at 89 degrees 36 minutes 19.9 seconds west longitude eastward to the western shoreline of Sandy Point Bay at 89 degrees 30 minutes 12 seconds west longitude

LDWF continues to work closely with the Department of Health and Hospitals to conduct tissue-sample analysis in an effort to assess all opportunities to resume normal fishing activities on Louisiana's Coast.

All other closures remain in place.

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