BATON ROUGE – Several additional fishing areas have been closed by the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Monday due to new reports of oil, strong easterly winds and higher than normal tides. The Department of Health and Hospitals also modified the closure of oyster harvesting areas.
St. Bernard, Orleans and St. Tammany Parish Closures
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The portion of saltwater water areas of the state east of the Mississippi River north of the southern shoreline of the Mississippi River Gulf Outlet and the southern shoreline of Lake Pontchartrain from the double rig line westward to 89 degrees 51 minutes 35 seconds west longitude and the US Hwy 11 bridge in Lake Pontchartrain. In addition to those waters currently closed to recreational and commercial fishing, major water bodies included in this fishing closure include the Biloxi Marsh, Lake Borgne, Lake St. Catherine, Chef Menteur, Unknown and Rigoletes Passes and a portion of Lake Pontchartrain.
St. Bernard and Plaquemines Parish Closures
The portion of state inside waters east of the Mississippi River north of the eastern shore of Main Pass and south of the Mississippi River Gulf Outlet from the double rig line westward to the eastern shore of the Mississippi River and north along 89 degrees 42 minutes 32 seconds west longitude near the western shore of the twin pipeline canals. In addition to those waters currently closed to recreational and commercial fishing, major water bodies included in this fishing closure include Lakes Machias and Fortuna, Bay Gardene and Bay Crabe and Black and California Bays.
Precautionary closures of recreational and commercial fishing have been implemented based on the best information the Secretary of the department receives from field biologists, staff and trajectory models from NOAA.
Oyster Harvesting Closures
The Louisiana DHH closed several areas to oyster harvesting, Areas 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 and 7. The closures are east of the Mississippi River in Plaquemines and St. Bernard parishes.
In addition to the closures announced today, areas 8, 11, 12, 13, 14 and 15 remain closed. Areas 9, 10, 17, 19 and 21 remain partially closed. All other areas are open.
The closures take effect at sunset Monday.