Apr 27, 2011 5:59 AM by Nichole Larkey & AP
NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Recreational and commercial fishing has been reopened in the Barataria basin, the coastal area hit the hardest by the massive BP oil spill.
Officials say tests show it is safe to fish in Barataria, an important seafood estuary. Parts of the basin were closed to commercial fishermen until Tuesday's announcement.
Robert Barham, the state's wildlife and fisheries secretary,
ordered the opening after the Food and Drug Administration advised
that shrimp, crabs and finfish are safe to eat based on tissue
samples tested from closed areas.
"Today we are one step closer to resuming normal fishing
practices," Barham said.
Now, more than 99 percent of state waters are open for fishing.