Fishing areas closed since BP spill reopen Monday - KPLC 7 News, Lake Charles, Louisiana

Fishing areas closed since BP spill reopen Monday

Four areas of the Gulf and inshore waters closed since the BP oil spill reopened Monday. It's another sign of recovery, but some say it's still too slow.

One day before the disaster, oyster boats harvested in Bay Batiste. Then the Deepwater Horizon exploded and sank in April of 2010, pumping more than 210 million gallons of oil into the Gulf. Bay Batiste and other waters around Plaquemines, Jefferson and Lafourche parishes would be closed for the next four years.

"I thought, if you looked at interviews three-and-a-half, four years ago, I thought things would be normal by now," said Al Sunseri, general manager of P&J Oyster Company. "We had a spillway opening, and usually following the spillway opening, everything comes back tenfold, and it didn't happen this time, so it's up to Mother Nature."

Sunseri said oyster populations have been down since the spill, and he's curious to see what the numbers are like now that the state has reopened some areas. Sunseri said harvesters plan to return to those waters this week, but he worries it could be more of the same.

"We used to handle at least double the oysters that we handle today," Sunseri said. "The quality of the oysters being harvested are not what they used to be, not because there aren't quality oysters out there, it's just the amount of quality oysters that are out there - it's just a much smaller amount."

Even so, state leaders say Louisiana seafood and its popularity around the country are rebounding.

"There was a lot of misperception around America about the quality and quantity of Gulf seafood, particularly in the early days when I was lieutenant governor right in the wake of the spill, but now those days are pretty much behind us."

The Department of Wildlife and Fisheries will continue to monitor the waters, and could close them again if more oil surfaces.

Copyright 2014 WVUE. All rights reserved. 

  • More Local NewsNewsMore>>

  • I-210 EB and I-10 WB blocked

    I-210 EB and I-10 WB blocked

    Sunday, May 20 2018 5:24 PM EDT2018-05-20 21:24:37 GMT
    (Source: KPLC)(Source: KPLC)

    Both lanes of I-210 eastbound are blocked due to a vehicle accident. I-10 westbound is blocked as well due to a vehicle fire. It is advised to take alternate routes if possible. 7News is on the scene and will update the story as more information becomes available. Copyright 2018 KPLC. All rights reserved.

    More >>

    Both lanes of I-210 eastbound are blocked due to a vehicle accident. I-10 westbound is blocked as well due to a vehicle fire. It is advised to take alternate routes if possible. 7News is on the scene and will update the story as more information becomes available. Copyright 2018 KPLC. All rights reserved.

    More >>
  • FIRST ALERT FORECAST: Few showers are possible in the afternoon with more heat all week long

    FIRST ALERT FORECAST: Few showers are possible in the afternoon with more heat all week long

    Sunday, May 20 2018 4:40 PM EDT2018-05-20 20:40:17 GMT
    Few showers possible on MondayFew showers possible on Monday
    Few showers possible on MondayFew showers possible on Monday

    Tonight, it should be another nice, yet warm evening. Any clouds we see today will clear away around sunset, and the rain chances go back to zero tonight. The temperatures will be fairly warm. They should not cool out of the 70s in most places. Especially near the coastline. North of I-10 has a chance to too the upper 60s, but it will still be warm. This will start off with more hot and humid conditions. There will likely be plenty of clouds every now and then. 

    More >>

    Tonight, it should be another nice, yet warm evening. Any clouds we see today will clear away around sunset, and the rain chances go back to zero tonight. The temperatures will be fairly warm. They should not cool out of the 70s in most places. Especially near the coastline. North of I-10 has a chance to too the upper 60s, but it will still be warm. This will start off with more hot and humid conditions. There will likely be plenty of clouds every now and then. 

    More >>
  • Rabies clinic held at Burton after rain delay

    Rabies clinic held at Burton after rain delay

    Sunday, May 20 2018 12:18 PM EDT2018-05-20 16:18:31 GMT

    The annual rabies clinic hosted by the Calcasieu Parish Policy Jury and Calcasieu Parish Animal Services was held at Burton Coliseum Saturday morning. The event was originally scheduled for Apr. 14 but was canceled due to rain. Hundreds of pet owners lined up in the parking lot to get their cats and dogs vaccinated at the low-cost event. Calcasieu Parish and Louisiana codes require all cats and dogs over 3 months to be vaccinated and licensed. Assistant Director Wyvette Pryor-...

    More >>

    The annual rabies clinic hosted by the Calcasieu Parish Policy Jury and Calcasieu Parish Animal Services was held at Burton Coliseum Saturday morning. The event was originally scheduled for Apr. 14 but was canceled due to rain. Hundreds of pet owners lined up in the parking lot to get their cats and dogs vaccinated at the low-cost event. Calcasieu Parish and Louisiana codes require all cats and dogs over 3 months to be vaccinated and licensed. Assistant Director Wyvette Pryor-...

    More >>
Powered by Frankly