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LDWF says La. needs more money to test seafood

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Posted: Aug 5, 2010 5:46 PM by Mike Steele
Updated: Aug 5, 2010 6:39 PM
Source: WBRZ

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Topics: duck, season, Louisiana, LDWF, Robert Barham, seafood, BP, cleanup, coast

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries secretary Robert Barham says Louisiana will need more money for testing seafood.

Barham says the national perception is most of Louisiana is covered with oil, and our seafood is contaminated. He says a seafood safety plan must include proper testing and marketing to overcome that problem. He also wants BP to pay for testing. Right now, the company is offering money that will cover two years of work. Barham says Exxon paid for 20 years of testing after the Valdez spill in Alaska.

Barham is also calling on BP to replace lost revenue for licenses. LDWF does not use taxpayer money. The department operates with the money collected for license fees. Barham says last year's numbers should be reviewed, and BP should cover the lost income.

Waterfowl experts also updated the upcoming duck season. All areas of the state will be open, but waterfowl experts say some local closures should be expected as clean up continues on the Coast.

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