BP: DECISION TO EXTEND FISHERY CLOSURE APPEARS TO BE GROUNDLESS

(The following is a reformatted version of a press release
issued by BP and received via e-mail. The release was confirmed
by the sender.) 
BP Statement on Additional Closures in Grand Terre Fishing
Grounds 
02 July 2013 
Geoff Morrell, head of US Communications, issued the following
statement today: 
The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries has extended
the closure of fisheries to additional areas around the Grand
Terre Islands without explaining the reasons for the closure, or
offering data to show that closure is needed. 
Since 2010, the Gulf Coast states, including Louisiana, have
tested roughly 10,000 shellfish and finfish specimens. Not one
test has exceeded thresholds for human health established by the
Food and Drug Administration. Gulf seafood is the most
rigorously tested seafood in the country, and every test
conducted - by multiple state and federal agencies - has shown
the same thing: Gulf seafood is safe. 
By extending fishery closures, the state may help perpetuate the
myth that consumers should avoid Gulf seafood and tourists
should avoid Louisiana’s waters. When no scientific basis is
provided for the decision, Louisiana does a disservice to the
thousands of people who work in the commercial fishing,
recreational fishing, and tourism industries and who depend on
those industries for their livelihoods. 
The state’s decision to extend the fishery closure appears to be
groundless, and that hurts the people of Louisiana and the
reputation of the state. 
Notes to Editors 
Friday June 28, 2013 the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and
Fisheries made the decision to close additional areas off of the
Grand Terre Islands. According to the state, all commercial
fishing is prohibited in the closed areas. Recreational fishing
is limited to rod and reel fishing and charter boat tours. 
Further Information:
Name: BP US Press Office
Phone: (281) 366-4463
Email: uspress@bp.com 
(sgp) NY 
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