SPECIAL REPORT: Recreational fishing has now been closed in some inshore west of the Mississippi River, expanding the closures in reaction to the westward movement of oil from the wrecked Deepwater Horizon rig.
Inshore waters west of the river now closed are:
• Inshore waters north of the inside/outside shrimp line from the eastern shore of the Empire Canal at 89 degrees 36 minutes 19.9 seconds west longitude eastward to the Mississippi River.
• Inshore waters south of 29 degrees 13 minutes 12 seconds north latitude from the western shore of Bayou Lafourche westward to the western shore of Oyster Bayou at 91 degrees 07 minutes 53 seconds west longitude.
This closure includes all of the inshore waters southeast of Empire, along with the southern half of Timbalier and Terrebonne bays.
In addition, all state outside waters extending seaward of the inside/outside shrimp line from the Mississippi River westward to the eastern portion of Atchafalay Bay at Pointe au Fer Island at 91 degrees, 20 minutes, 44 seconds west longitude.
All other inshore waters remain open at this time.
There have been no changes to recreational or commercial fishing closures east of the Mississippi River. Last week recreational and commercial fishing was closed in this area, excluding the coastal boundaries of Lake Borgne, Lake Pontchartrain, Lake Maurepas and Chef and Rigoletes Passes.
Based on the presence of juvenile shrimp, the shrimp season remains closed in Lake Borgne, Lake Pontchartrain, and in the Chef and Rigoletes Passes.–Andy Crawford