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Nov 9, 2010 10:17 AM by Nichole Larkey

State reopens waters to commercial crabbers

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - State wildlife and fisheries regulators have ordered an emergency reopening of commercial crabbing in parts of the state's inside and outside territorial waters within the Mississippi River Delta.
The reopening includes parts of state waters extending seaward one-quarter mile or more from the shoreline between the northern shore of Pass a Loutre and the western shore of Southwest Pass of the Mississippi River. Recreational and commercial fishing for shrimp and finfish were previously opened in that are Oct. 28.
Wildlife and Fisheries Secretary Robert Barham ordered the area reopened for commercial crabbers Monday after testing by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration found samples from the area safe for consumption.
Oyster harvesting areas remain closed in those waters.


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