LDWF announces partial opening of territorial sea to recreational, commercial fishing

Staff reports

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Secretary Robert Barham announced the state’s territorial seas are open, effective immediately, from the Empire Canal westward to Belle Pass for recreational and commercial fishing.

This opening takes place from the eastern shore of the Empire Canal at 89 degrees 36 minutes 19.9 seconds to the western shore of Belle Pass at 90 degrees 13 minutes 36 seconds west longitude.

“My goal is to have people out there fishing,” Barham said. “Every day we are making new assessments and decisions to give all anglers, commercial and recreational, every opportunity to utilize our state’s great resources.”

LDWF has worked closely with the Department of Health and Hospitals to conduct tissue- sample analysis in an effort to assess all opportunities to resume normal fishing activities on Louisiana’s coast.

All other closures remain in place.

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