The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries announced the reopening of state waters in the Gulf of Mexico off the beaches of Elmer’s and Grand Terre Islands effective 30 minutes before sunrise on Wednesday, Dec. 10.
The waters, which had been closed due to oiling from the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill, are as follows:
A) State waters seaward one-quarter mile from the shoreline of the Grand Terre Islands.
B) State waters seaward one-quarter mile from the shoreline from Caminada Pass westward to Belle Pass
According to a release, fishermen are reminded that commercial fishing and recreational fishing except for recreational and charter boat angling remains closed within a 100-yard buffer from any shoreline in a portion of the upper-Barataria Basin centered near Bay Jimmy and Bay Batiste.
LDWF is re-opening these areas to commercial fishing pursuant to agreements by state and federal officials for re-opening waters closed as a result of the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill. These areas will also be re-opened to all recreational fishing, the release states.
LDWF will continue monitoring conditions to determine whether additional waters can be re-opened or whether additional closures are warranted. Reports of oil, tarballs or tar mats should be reported to the National Response Center at 1-800-424-8802 and the Louisiana State Police at 1-877-925-6595.
For a detailed map detailing these new modifications, click here.