In Precautionary Move, LDWF and DHH Announce Closures Due to Oil - KPLC 7 News, Lake Charles, Louisiana

In Precautionary Move, LDWF and DHH Announce Closures Due to Oil Spill

The following is a news release from the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals:

BATON ROUGE — The Louisiana departments of Health and Hospitals, and Wildlife and Fisheries announced today they will be closing select fishing areas and oyster harvesting beds as a precautionary response to the oil spill in the Gulf.

Fishing Closures

LDWF Secretary Robert Barham announced the closure of both recreational and commercial fishing in Zone 1, excluding the coastal boundaries of Lake Borgne, Lake Pontchartrain and Lake Maurapas.  This closure will take place at 6 p.m. this evening.  The Deepwater Horizon drilling rig accident has resulted in a significant release of oil into the offshore waters of southeast Louisiana. Oil has the potential to impact fish and other aquatic life in portions of Louisiana's coastal waters. 

"I signed this emergency closure today as a proactive effort to prevent any oil-tainted fish, shrimp or crab from being caught and thus consumed," said LDWF Secretary Robert Barham.  "Now is the time to act as we see what the impacts may be to Louisiana's fragile ecosystems."

Oyster Harvesting Closures

DHH is closing molluscan shellfish harvesting areas 2 through 7 today as a precaution.  Areas 2 through 7 are east of the Mississippi River in the coastal parishes of Plaquemines and St. Bernard.

DHH Secretary Alan Levine and State Health Officer Dr. Jimmy Guidry signed the closure order, which will take effect at sunset today, Friday, April 30, 2010. 

Since the explosion at the BP global exploration site and resulting leak, officials from DHH's Office of Public Health Molluscan Shellfish Program have been closely monitoring the situation and continuing daily tests of the 8-million acre Louisiana shoreline.

As officials continue to monitor the remaining unaffected oyster beds west of the Mississippi River, DHH is working closely with LDWF, the state's oyster harvesters and the Louisiana Oyster Task Force to ensure the safety of oysters taken from areas currently not affected by the spill. All oysters taken prior to closure of the affected beds are safe to eat.

"We have an extensive and well-tested program of monitoring the safety of oysters harvested in Louisiana," Sec. Levine said. "We have been monitoring the oysters in the affected areas before the closures and will use those tests as a baseline to ensure long-term safety of the oysters when this incident ends."

Dr. Guidry said the department's team continues to conduct regular monitoring of the unaffected areas.

"Oysters that are still coming out of the many unaffected beds across the Louisiana coast are being watched closely," Dr. Guidry said. "All of the beds that remain open are safe."

Officials with both agencies are working closely with the Governor's Office for Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness as the situation unfolds. Updates on any further closures or changes in the status of areas closed will be posted at emergency.louisiana.gov.

  • More Local NewsNewsMore>>

  • Vehicle accident on I-10 WB near Shattuck Street

    Vehicle accident on I-10 WB near Shattuck Street

    Sunday, July 23 2017 10:37 PM EDT2017-07-24 02:37:51 GMT
    (Source: KPLC)(Source: KPLC)

    Drivers should avoid I-10 westbound near the Shattuck Street exit for the next hour due to a nearby wreck, according to the Lake Charles Police Department. Copyright 2017 KPLC. All rights reserved.

    More >>

    Drivers should avoid I-10 westbound near the Shattuck Street exit for the next hour due to a nearby wreck, according to the Lake Charles Police Department. Copyright 2017 KPLC. All rights reserved.

    More >>
  • Nightcast to start at 11 p.m. due to programming changes

    Nightcast to start at 11 p.m. due to programming changes

    Sunday, July 23 2017 10:30 PM EDT2017-07-24 02:30:14 GMT
    Nightcast to start at 11 p.m. due to programming changes.  More >>
    Nightcast to start at 11 p.m. due to programming changes.  More >>
  • FIRST ALERT FORECAST: Another round of showers Monday before another stretch of dry weather later this week

    FIRST ALERT FORECAST: Another round of showers Monday before another stretch of dry weather later this week

    Sunday, July 23 2017 4:25 PM EDT2017-07-23 20:25:21 GMT
    Another round of storms MondayAnother round of storms Monday

    By sunset this evening the temperatures will start to go down and rain will come to an end. Overnight we will be left with mostly cloudy skies and temperatures in the mid to upper 70s. Rain chances are down to 20% overnight. On Monday will have rain chances go back down to 30%. The same upper level high pressure will be migrating back south closer to our area and will limit, but not quite eliminate, our rain chances. Rain chances are best in the afternoon. 

    More >>

    By sunset this evening the temperatures will start to go down and rain will come to an end. Overnight we will be left with mostly cloudy skies and temperatures in the mid to upper 70s. Rain chances are down to 20% overnight. On Monday will have rain chances go back down to 30%. The same upper level high pressure will be migrating back south closer to our area and will limit, but not quite eliminate, our rain chances. Rain chances are best in the afternoon. 

    More >>
Powered by Frankly