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BP to fund hatchery and research center in Lake Charles

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LAFITTE, La. (AP) - Gov. Bobby Jindal says BP has agreed to fund $340 million in restoration projects in the Gulf of Mexico.

Jindal said Tuesday that the money is part of the $1 billion the oil giant agreed to pay for early restoration work following the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill.

At a news conference in Lafitte, Jindal said that most of the money will restore four barrier islands in Barataria Bay.

More than $20 million will establish two fish hatcheries and research centers: One in Lake Charles; the other, in Pointe-a-la-hache.

The Lake Charles Center will monitor and study redfish, speckled trout and flounder. Jindal says the one in Plaquemines Parish will do the same for baitfish, such as shrimp, croaker and cocahoe (cock-a-hoh) minnows.

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