The Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission put its stamp on the recent fishery closure of the stretch of beaches from Caminada Pass to Belle Pass during its monthly meeting Thursday in Baton Rouge.
Using a Declaration of Emergency, Department of Wildlife and Fisheries’ secretary Robert Barham closed state waters within one mile of the beaches along Elmer’s Island at Caminada Pass to The Fourchon at Belle Pass earlier this week.
The closure includes all commercial fishing activity and recreational crabbing and shrimping. Recreational and charterboat fin-fishing and bait-catching activities are not included in the closure.
The move came in the aftermath of Hurricane Isaac. Wind-driven waves and a storm surge of 5.6 feet shoved mats of oily tar balls near and onto the beaches. Elmer’s Island, managed by the LDWF, is also closed.
Other LWFC action included:
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