La. commission overturns catch & release plan

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - The Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission overturns the department secretary's decision to allow recreational fishing in areas closed by the oil spill, as long as fish were immediately released.

A news release says the commission heard extensive public testimony Friday before voting to halt catch & release fishing in closed areas.

When Wildlife and Fisheries Secretary Robert Barham announced the program, officials said they hoped it would provide an economic boost and an outlet for recreational fishermen who've largely been kept ashore for months.

The department says fishermen may now continue to cross closed areas with fish legally caught in open waters, but may not fish in any closed area.

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