La. OKs most state waters for recreational fishing

Published 5:59 pm Thursday, July 15, 2010

After hearing that every oyster, fish, shrimp and crab taken in Louisiana waters has tested safe to eat, the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission has voted to open most state waters to recreational fishing.

Heavily oiled areas and those where booming operations or cleanup is going on remain closed.

Robert Barham, secretary of the Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, told the commission Wednesday that fish in Louisiana waters are safe. He said hundreds of samples have been taken since the federal govermment set standards for dispersants and oil — and all are well within safe limits.

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He said federal labs have those samples, and he’s hoping for a federal OK to reopen commercial fishing in state waters within eight days.

The commission’s voice vote was unanimous.