More state waters opened to commercial fishing
More fishing waters closed by the BP oil spill were opened today by Louisiana’s wildlife agency.
Today the Department of Wildlife and Fisheries ordered 559 square miles of state waters east of the Mississippi River be reopened to commercial fishing. That means only eight percent of state waters are still closed to fishers.
The LDWF ordered the opening after extensive testing by the FDA, which found fish samples from the area were safe to eat.
The area opened means commercial fishers can now harvest finfish, crabs and shrimp, but not oysters, which are regulated by DHH. Recreational crabbing and shrimping has also been approved for those areas.