Barataria Bay, also Barrataria Bay, is a bay of the Gulf of Mexico, about 15 miles (24 km) long and 12 miles (19 km) wide, in southeastern Louisiana, in Jefferson Parish and Plaquemines Parish, United States. It is separated from the gulf by two barrier islands, Grand Isle and Grand Terra.
The bay is indented and marshy with many islands. The surrounding low-lying Barataria Country, south of New Orleans and west of the Mississippi River delta, is noted for its shrimp industry (based on villages built on pilings above the coastal marshes), muskrat trapping, natural gas and oil wells, and sulfur production. Its inlet is connected to the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway system.
Barataria Bay was used as the base of the pirates and privateers led by Jean Lafitte in the early 19th century, and is today a notable source of shrimp and sulfur, as well as of muskrat fur, natural gas, and petroleum. Until Hurricane Betsy made landfall in 1965, Barataria Bay was home to Manila Village.
2010 oil spill
On 27 July 2010, the tugboat Pere Ana C. struck an abandoned wellhead owned by Houston-based Cedyco Corp, while pulling a barge near Bayou St. Denis in Barataria Bay, causing a 20-to-100-foot (6.1 to 30.5 m) oil and gas geyser.
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