The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries reopened a portion of coastal waters adjacent to Elmer’s Island in Jefferson Parish on Dec. 5 for commercial and recreational fishing, according to a press release.
The area reopened by this announcement includes that portion of state outside waters beginning one-half mile seaward from the inside/outside shrimp line, seaward a distance of one mile from the inside/outside shrimp line from the eastern shore of Belle Pass at -90 degrees 13 minutes 30 seconds west longitude, eastward to the western shore of Caminada Pass at -90 degrees 02 minutes 46.6 seconds west longitude.
The closure area had previously included a one-mile buffer established for public safety following the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in 2010, the release states. It was reopened to establish consistency with other oil spill-related closures in state outside waters, and according to the release, it shows no visible surface oil and no known residues in the area.
The area was most recently closed in September 2012 when Hurricane Isaac exposed large oil mats and tar balls along the shoreline in this area, the release states.
A map of the revised closure area adjacent to Elmer’s Island is available by clicking here.