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The Louisiana Seafood Safety Plan is a collaborative project undertaken by four Louisiana governmental departments. Please read below to learn more about each of these organizations and their specific roles in the project. The ultimate goal of the project and, by extension, this website, is to provide the public with objective access to full test results. To that end, transparency about all the groups involved in the process is essential. To the extent that coordination with federal departments becomes possible, our goal is to augment Louisiana research with a variety of federal efforts simultaneously underway.

The state of Louisiana received $18 million from BP to conduct seafood testing and monitoring for three years after the initial Deepwater Horizon oil spill. This project will be funded by BP through January 2014, at a minimum unless future fishing area closures are required as a result of the Deepwater Horizon spill.


The Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is the lead agency on the Seafood Safety Plan. The LDWF is responsible for management of the state's renewable natural resources including all wildlife and all aquatic life. The department prides itself upon incorporating the use of good science, accurate information and technology in carrying out its mission.

  • Responsible for inshore and nearshore sampling of shrimp, crab and finfish.
  • Responsible for collection of nearshore water and sediment samples.

Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals

The mission of the Department of Health and Hospitals is to protect and promote health and to ensure access to medical, preventive and rehabilitative services for all citizens of the State of Louisiana. DHH employs and has consulted with some of the nation’s best scientists and toxicology experts in the country for this project.

  • Responsible for oyster sampling
  • Processes and tests half of the shrimp, crab and finfish samples
  • Processes and tests all of the oyster samples

Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality

DEQ's expertise in sampling environmental media for pollution is particularly valuable to ensure results from the Louisiana Seafood Sampling Plan provide the public with information that is as accurate as scientifically possible. DEQ's best scientists are taking water and sediment samples. These scientists were also heavily involved in designing the sampling plan. DEQ staff have years of experience taking samples in the field and analyzing the results. The familiarity with environmental sampling and the use of such data will be beneficial to the entire Seafood Sampling Plan team.

  • Responsible for collection of inshore water and sediment samples.
  • Coordinates data collection of sample results from all involved agencies.

Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry

The Department of Agriculture and Forestry’s mission is to promote, protect and advance agriculture and forestry, and soil and water resources.

  • Processes and tests half of the shrimp, crab and finfish samples.