Crabbing areas opened

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by Associated Press

wwltv.com

Posted on August 21, 2010 at 6:13 PM

BATON ROUGE, La. -- The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries has reopened some state waters east of the Mississippi River's Southwest Pass to commercial crabbing.

The areas had been closed because of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.

Areas reopened on Friday to sport fishing remain closed to commercial crabbing.

But Lake Borgne and most of the area east of the river are now open for commercial crabbing.

Most areas west of the river were opened to crabbing on Friday.

Wildlife and Fisheries Secretary Robert Barham says the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has advised him that extensive tests have found that crabs from the areas reopened Friday are safe to eat.

Maps showing areas open and closed to crabbing are available on the department's website, www.wlf.louisiana.gov.
 

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