The western-most portion of the Barataria Basin, along with a stretch of Bayou Lafourche, reopened for fishing today (June 23) at 2:30 p.m., the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries reported. Most of these waters have been closed to fishing since May 22, in response to reports of oil from the BP Deepwater Horizon spill.
This latest action reopens inshore waters north of a line running along 29 degrees, 09 minutes, 29 seconds north latitude from the east shoreline of Bayou Lafourche eastward to Louisiana Highway 1 and then north of that roadway, and between Bayou Lafourche’s eastern shoreline and 90 degrees, 07 minutes, 00 seconds.
Bayou Lafourche also was reopened north of the Louisiana Highway 1 bridge.
This reopens most of Little Lake, part of Turtle Bay, most of Bay Rambo, all of Round Lake, about half of Bay Vasier, all of Bay Jacque and almost all of the marshes on the western side of Barataria Bay.
All other closures remain in effect.