‘Gulf of Mexico’ fishing season in jeopardy, federal official says

Authorities in southern Louisiana have warned anglers to be prepared for a possible “dead zone” when fish are not caught and released into the Gulf of Mexico.

Federal wildlife biologist and public affairs officer at the Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks, Scott R. Riecken told ABC News affiliate WAFB in an email Monday that the dead zone is not a fish death zone but a lake fish death area.

In order to prevent any aquatic fish from being trapped, the Department has created an electronic warning system to notify anglers of any new fish deaths.

He said that there are currently 1,100 electronic warnings for anglers.

The agency has issued warnings to anglers since July that there was a fish-dead zone on the Louisiana coast.

The agency is working with local officials to implement the new electronic warnings, Riechner said.

The Department of Environmental Quality has also issued a notice of the fish death to all state and tribal fish and wildlife agencies.

In addition to the fish deaths, the agency has advised anglers not to eat fish caught on public lands.

The fish death warning also is in place for the waters of the Gulf.