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State closes more fishing areas around Lake Pontchartrain due to Gulf oil spill
Published: Monday, July 05, 2010, 1:53 PM
Bob Marshall, The Times-Picayune

East bank fishers saw their holiday weekend come to an abrupt end Monday when the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries closed most of the lakes and marshes east and south of Lake Pontchartrain after sighting slicks from the BP oil spill.

The list of newly-closed areas covered many of the hottest fishing sports left in southeastern Louisiana including the eastern end of Lake Pontchartrain known as The Trestles; Lake St. Catherine; Lake Borgne; Chef Menteur, Unknown and, Rigolets passes; the Biloxi marsh; lakes Machias and Fortuna; Bay Gardene, Bay Crabe, Black Bay and California Bay.

The agency invokes precautionary closures in areas once oil is sighted. They are reopened when water and seafood samplings show no contamination.

On April 30 wetlands east of the river were the first to be closed after the BP blowout. They were reopened May 15 and have been the focus of most fishing as many areas west of the river were closed.
But fears of new closures have been rising for the last week as winds have begun blowing form the east, pushing oil slicks toward the Pontchartrain-Borgne basin.

The LDWF announcement identified the newly closed areas in Orleans, St. Bernard and St. Tammany parishes as: The portion of saltwater water areas of the state east of the Mississippi River north of the southern shoreline of the Mississippi River Gulf Outlet and the southern shoreline of Lake Pontchartrain from the double rig line westward to 89 degrees 51 minutes 35 seconds west longitude and the US Hwy 11 bridge in Lake Pontchartrain.

And in St. Bernard and Plaquemines parishes as: inside waters east of the Mississippi River north of 29 degrees 30 minutes 00 seconds north latitude and south of the southern shoreline of the Mississippi River Gulf Outlet from the double rig line westward to 89 degrees 41 minutes 00 seconds west longitude.

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~ by maringouin on Monday, July 5, 2010.

 
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