Posted: Jul 7, 2010 12:23 PM by Melissa Canone
Updated: Jul 7, 2010 12:25 PM
NEW ORLEANS (AP) - State officials have lifted a ban on
recreational fishing in waters closed because of the BP oil spill,
but fish reeled in must be released.
The Department of Wildlife and Fisheries said only finfish are
affected. Shrimp, crabs or other species cannot be taken.
Most Louisiana coastal waters from the Mississippi line to
Vermilion Bay have been closed to commercial and recreational
fishing. Commercial fishing is still banned in closed zones.
State officials said they hope the catch-and-release program
will provide an economic boost and an outlet for recreational
fishermen who've largely been kept ashore for months. Charter
captains and marinas reported their recreational business fell
sharply after the spill in April.