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Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Confirms Oil Near Sister Lake

BATON ROUGE (May 15, 2010) - The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) received reports from a Terrebonne Parish shrimp trawler of confirmed oil near Sister Lake (Cailliou Lake).

Captain Lyle Dehart of the shrimping vessel Rocking Angel reported he had caught oily shrimp around midnight Friday, May 14, in Bayou Severin (Bayou Sauveur), which is near Bay Moncleuse, near Sister Lake. Dehart said when the shrimpers touched the shrimp their fingers stuck together.

LDWF staff boarded the vessel Saturday morning, May 15, and observed the shrimp stating there was oil on the vessel's deck and the shrimp had black on the shrimp legs and heads. Samples were taken for further testing. The oil will have to be further analyzed to confirm it is connected to the Deepwater Horizon spill.

Click here to view pictures of oily sheen and oil on the deck of a shrimp boat in Dularge, La: http://www.flickr.com/photos/lagohsep/sets/72157623942437869/detail/

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