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Louisiana, Florida departments responding to Gulf oil spill

From the Louisiana Dept. of Wildlife & Fisheries and the Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission

-- The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) is working closely with state and federal agencies and British Petroleum (BP) officials to protect fish and wildlife resources along the state's coastline following the oil rig explosion in the Gulf on April 20.

To report oiled wildlife, please call (866) 557-1401 and leave a message. Messages will be checked hourly.

To discuss spill related damage, please call (800) 440-0858.
To report oiled shoreline or request volunteer information, please call (866)448-5816.

In Florida

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission has deployed staff to Pensacola and Mobile, Ala., to assist with spill-tracking, and law enforcement stands ready to deploy.

The Commission heard a report April 29 on the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico from Gil McRae, director of the FWC's Fish and Wildlife Research Institute . "The FWC has a long history of working with our partners in preparing a response to oil spills," McRae said. "The FWC has helped prepare the Coast Guard's area contingency plan, which guides response efforts."

The FWC is working with NOAA and the Coast Guard and taking direction in Florida from the lead agency, the Department of Environmental Protection.

Media contact information is available from Patricia Behnke at (850)251-2130.

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