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LDWF reopens fishing in coastal waters adjacent to Elmer's Island

Staff Writer
Plaquemine Post South
Elmer's Island. 
POST SOUTH PHOTO/Peter Silas Pasqua

BATON ROUGE - Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries recently announced the reopening of commercial and recreational fishing within a portion of coastal waters adjacent to Elmer's Island in Jefferson Parish.

The area reopened 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 in an abundance of caution for public safety following the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in 2010.

The area has been reopened to establish consistency with other oil spill related closures in state outside waters and it shows no visible surface oil and no known oil 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 of this area.

A map of the revised closure area adjacent to Elmer's Island is posted on the LDWF website at www.wlf.louisiana.gov/oilspill.