Jul 14, 2010 8:14 PM by Chris Welty

LA OKs Most State Waters for Recreational Fishing

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - 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.
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.


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