Posted: Jul 15, 2010 3:01 PM by Melissa Canone
NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Gov. Bobby Jindal says he's expecting a
decision from federal authorities within days on whether most
Louisiana state waters can be opened to commercial fishing.
The Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission decided
Wednesday to open the areas to recreational fishing after hearing
that every oyster, fish, shrimp and crab taken for testing had been
deemed safe to eat. But a decision on resuming commercial fishing
is up to the Food and Drug Administration.
About 450 samples used by the state have been sent to the FDA
for federal review.
Jindal says he's pushing the FDA to make a decision - without
altering federal food safety standards. The governor says it's
important that Louisiana-branded seafood be safe - but it's also
important to get commercial catchers back in action if it is.