May 12, 2010 9:09 AM by Sharlee Jacobs
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - More oyster harvesting areas are closing
State health officials say they've closed oyster beds in areas 8
and 9 as a precautionary response to the Gulf of Mexico oil spill.
The closures, effective at sundown Tuesday, are west of the
Mississippi River in Plaquemines Parish. Area 8 has been closed
since Hurricane Katrina struck in 2005 because of the presence of
fecal coliform. On Monday, officials closed Area 13, which included
parts of Lafourche and Jefferson parishes.
Areas 10 through 12, also west of the river, remain open.
Officials say the closures will remain in effect until they've
determined that environmental conditions are safe.