Closures

June 10, 2010

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DHH Closes Oyster Harvesting Area 27 Due to Oil Spill
Officials Continue Aggressive Testing
Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Oyster Harvest AreasClick on the map to view full size

BATON ROUGE (June 9, 2010) - The Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals announced today the closure of oyster harvesting Area 27 in response to the BP oil spill in the Gulf.

The closure is west of the Mississippi River in Iberia Parish.

DHH Secretary Alan Levine and State Health Officer Dr. Jimmy Guidry signed the closure order, which will take effect at sunset today, Wednesday, June 9, 2010.

DHH officials have been working closely with local, state and federal agencies to monitor the oil plume that continues to grow off of the Louisiana coastline for its potential impacts on oyster harvesting areas. Meanwhile, employees with DHH’s Office of Public Health Molluscan Shellfish Program have continued regular testing of 8 million acres of coastal waters along the Louisiana shoreline.

In addition to regular testing schedules, registered sanitarians are collecting oyster meat samples from the closed beds, which then undergo enhanced testing at a private lab to monitor the presence of oil.Portions of areas 2 and 3 remain closed, as do all of areas 8 through 15, 17 and 28.

BATON ROUGE (June 6, 2010) - Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Secretary Robert Barham announced the following action in a portion of the Barataria Basin in Plaquemines parish effective sunset, June 6, 2010, due to oil in the area.


The portion of state inside waters north of the inside/outside shrimp line and south of the Mississippi River from the southern shoreline of Red Pass at 89 degrees 28 minutes 13.4 seconds north latitude westward to the western shoreline of the Empire Canal, closes to recreational and commercial fishing effective sunset today, June 6, 2010.


Precautionary closures of recreational and commercial fishing have been implemented based on the best information the Secretary of the Department receives from field biologists, staff and trajectory models from NOAA.

Once reports of oil are received, LDWF initiates a field survey and immediate seafood testing in the suspected areas. Closures are subsequently made with the intent to be as safe as possible, while not closing any fishing areas unnecessarily. As test results come back clearing the area, effected waters are then reopened.

Plaquemines:
Sighting: Heavy oil located in Bay Jimmy between boom and marshland.
Date: 9 Jun 10
Sighting: Large mat of oil 60 feet wide located in Lake Washington.
Date: 9 Jun 10 Sighting: Oil close to shore at Chaland Pass.
Date: 9 Jun 10 Sighting: Oil on edges of shore located in Bay Long 1 mile NE of Bayou Cheniere Ronquille.
Date: 9 Jun 10 Sighting: Heavy Oil 3x5 yards wide in Bastian Bay.
Date: 9 Jun 10 Sighting: Oil on Sand Island Beach 2 feet above sea level. Sheen and tar balls extend 2 miles offshore.
Date: 9 Jun 10 Sighting: Black oil 1 mile x 15 feet wide spotted 2 miles S of Bayou La Mere.
Date: 9 Jun 10 Sighting: Heavy oil west of Lost Bayou.
Date: 9 Jun 10 Sighting: Oil slick on the beach .34 miles E of Bay Cheniere Ronquille.
Date: 9 Jun 10 Sighting: Oil on the beach located in Quatre Bayou Pass and Bay Dispute.
Date: 9 Jun 10 Sighting: Oil on the beach located in Grand Terre Islands.
Date: 9 Jun 10 Sighting: Oil mats located in Bay Adams.
Date: 9 Jun 10 Sighting: Oil spotted in Division 2 W of Empire Jetty by Bayou La Chute.
Date: 9 Jun 10 Sighting: Oil slick located N of Bird Island.
Date: 9 Jun 10 Sighting: Oil slick with thick black oil located in the S of Bay Batiste.
Date: 9 Jun 10 Sighting: Tar patties surrounded by rainbow sheen located in Grand Ecaille Oil Field.
Date: 9 Jun 10 Sighting: Tar mat extending from marsh grass to the edge of the water located on the NE edge of Barataria Bay.
Date: 9 Jun 10 Sighting: Tar in the Mangroves located in East Grand Terre Canals.
Date: 9 Jun 10 Sighting: Tar balls are sinking below surface of water located in Four Bayou Pass.
Date: 9 Jun 10 Sighting: Sheen with tar patties located in Cat Bay.
Date: 9 Jun 10 Sighting: Large mat of dark oil 300 feet long and 50 feet wide located in Bay Chen Fleur and Wilkinson Bay.
Date: 9 Jun 10

Lafourche Parish:
Sighting: Light oil sheen with foam located in Bayou Blue N of Pointe au Chenes Wildlife Management Area.
Date: 9 Jun 10
Sighting: Light oil sheen with foam located in Unnamed Canal N of Sulphur Mine in Pointe au Chenes Wildlife Management Area.
Date: 9 Jun 10

Terrebonne Parish:
Sighting: Oil patch along Bayou Barre.
Date: 9 Jun 10



map_trajectory9JuneAlabama:
(June 3, 2010)
The closed area, as announced by the Departments of Marine Resources and Environmental Quality, is that area of the Gulf east of 88 degrees, 40 minutes longitude to the Alabama border and includes the mouth of the Pascagoula River up to the railroad bridge.

The closure starts at the mouth of Graveline Bayou but the waters of the bayou and its tributaries remain open.

All state waters west of that line remain open.