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May 08, 2006

Louisiana's coastal operations on the rebound

Coastal Louisiana's recreational operations are reopening following the devastation caused by hurricanes Katrina and Rita...

Coastal Louisiana's recreational operations are reopening following the devastation caused by hurricanes Katrina and Rita, according to the state's Department of Wildlife and Fisheries.

In a recent summary of the state's fishing infrastructure, 80 recreational facilities in the state's coastal region are fully operational and 27 marinas are partially opened, the Times-Picayune of New Orleans reported.

Forty-six marinas remain closed, the report said.

In southeast Louisiana, St. Charles, Jefferson, St. Tammany and Lafourche parishes have recovered the fastest. Each of the four recreational operations monitored by LDWF are open, according to the summary.

Nine marinas in Jefferson are fully operational, with seven partially opened and five closed. In Lafourche Parish, all 17 recreational launches are open, four of them partially open.

In St. Bernard, Plaquemines and Orleans parishes, more marinas remained closed. Nine of St. Bernard's 11 recreational marinas are closed, and 10 of Plaquemines' 14 marinas remain closed, the newspaper reports.

In Orleans Parish, eight of 10 recreational operations remain closed.