The following is a news release from The Southwest Louisiana Fishing Club:
The Southwest Louisiana Fishing Club has canceled the 73rd Deep Sea Fishing Rodeo scheduled for the July 4th weekend. The Rodeo will not be held this year due to the BP oil spill which has resulted in the closing of much of the fishing areas by the National Marine Fisheries & La. Wildlife & Fisheries. The closed areas are changing from day to day as large amounts of oil move inland. The expenses of the having the Rodeo and the uncertainty of being able to fish would place an undue financial burden on the SWLA Fishing Club.
We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause for those people who have supported our rodeo or participated in our rodeo over the years. As much as we did not want to cancel this event, we felt it was necessary for the club's survival. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the people whose livelihoods are directly impacted by this catastrophe.