Designated waters closed after Deepwater Horizon oil spill set to reopen, LDWF says

Opening set for 30 minutes before sunrise on Monday, Aug. 4

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries announced the reopening of some state inshore and Gulf of Mexico waters that were previously closed because of the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill.

Waters will reopen 30 minutes before sunrise on Monday, Aug. 4 to commercial and recreatioanal fishing as follows:

1. A portion of the upper Barataria Basin centered near Bay Jimmy and Bay Batiste, with the exception of a 100-yard shoreline buffer from any shoreline.

2. All waters within the Birdsfoot Delta of the Mississippi River.

3. Areas surrounding the Grand Terre Islands with the exception of an area one quarter mile seaward from the Gulf-facing shoreline.

4. The area seaward between Elmer’s Island and Fourchon Beaches, with the exception of a one-quarter mile area seaward from the Gulf-facing shoreline.

According to a press release, LDWF will continue monitoring conditions to determine whether additional waters can be re-opened or whether additional closures are warranted.

Reports of oil, tar balls or tar mats should be reported to the National Response Center at 1-800-424-8802 and the La. State Police at 1-877-925-6595.

For maps detailing these modifications, click here.

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