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Aug 3, 2014 1:38 PM by AP

State to reopen some waters after Gulf oil spill

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - State wildlife and fisheries regulators are reopening certain state inshore and Gulf of Mexico waters to commercial and recreational fishing that have been closed since the 2010 BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill.

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries said the waters will open a half-hour before sunrise on Monday.

The waters to re-open are as follows:

- A portion of the upper Barataria Basin near Bay Jimmy and Bay Batiste, with the exception of a 100-yard shoreline buffer from any shoreline

- All waters within the Birdsfoot Delta of the Mississippi River

- Areas surrounding the Grand Terre Islands and the area seaward between Elmer's Island and Fourchon Beaches. Exceptions include a one-quarter mile area seaward from the Gulf-facing shoreline for both areas.

Regulators will continue monitoring conditions to determine whether additional waters can be re-opened or whether additional closures are warranted, the department said in a news release Thursday.

Reports of oil, tarballs or tar mats should be reported to the National Response Center at 1-800-424-8802 and the Louisiana State Police at 1-877-925-6595.

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