Louisiana closes area to shrimp harvesting

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries has ordered the immediate closure of shrimp harvesting in an area that may be vulnerable to an ever-widening oil slick in the Gulf of Mexico.

Secretary Robert Barham issued an emergency closure, effective at 6 p.m. Thursday, in territorial seas from the south pass of the Mississippi River to the eastern shore of 4 Bayous Pass.

Barham says the closure was suggested after the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's projections indicated the area might become vulnerable to oil, which began spewing when a drilling rig exploded and sank in the Gulf of Mexico last month.

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