BP to fund hatchery, research center in Lake Charles

LAFITTE (AP) — Gov. Bobby Jindal says BP has agreed to fund $340 million in restoration projects in the Gulf of Mexico.

Jindal said Tuesday that the money is part of the $1 billion the oil giant agreed to pay for early restoration work following

the 2010 Deepater Horizon oil spill.

At a news conference in Lafitte, Jindal said that most of the money will restore three barrier islands in Barataria Bay and

one in Breton Sound.

More than $20 million will establish

two fish hatcheries and research centers: one in Lake Charles; the

other, in Pointe-a-la-hache.

The Lake Charles Center will monitor and study redfish, speckled trout and flounder. Jindal says the one in Plaquemines Parish

will do the same for baitfish, such as shrimp, croaker and cocahoe (cock-a-hoh) minnows.