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Governor Jindal Issues Follow Up Letter to U.S. Dept. of Commerce Requesting Fishery Disaster Declaration

BATON ROUGE (May 14, 2010) - Today, Governor Jindal issued a follow up letter to U.S. Secretary of Commerce Gary Locke requesting a fishery disaster declaration due to the oil spill in the Gulf.

Full Letter Below:

May 14, 2010

The Honorable Gary Locke
Secretary of Commerce
U.S. Department of Commerce
14th and Constitution Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20230

Dear Mr. Secretary:

This is a follow-up to my April 29, 2010 letter (attached) requesting a fishery disaster declaration under the provisions of the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act.  

As you are aware oil from the April 20th Deepwater Horizon rig explosion continues to flow into the Gulf of Mexico just off the Louisiana coast and severely threatens Louisiana’s commercial and recreational fisheries, coastal ecology and coastal economy.  Both the state of Louisiana and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration have enacted a number of commercial and recreational fishery closures in various portions of state and federal waters off the Louisiana coast in response to the presence and threats of oil.  The presence of oil, the threat of oil, and the closures have collectively resulted in the severe disruption of our fisheries and the total shutdown of our fisheries in some coastal communities.

I urge you to quickly act on my original request including a waiver of any non-Federal matching requirements to provide economic and financial assistance for our fisheries through any programs which may be available.

Sincerely,


Bobby Jindal
Governor

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