Published: Aug 20, 2010 3:57 PM EDT
Updated: Aug 20, 2010 12:57 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Gov. Bobby Jindal wants a $173 million program - paid for by BP PLC - to monitor the safety and quality of Louisiana seafood for the next five years.

The program also would provide marketing funds to promote the state's seafood to consumers.

During a news conference Thursday, Jindal says that unless such a plan is implemented quickly, there will be long-running damage to fishermen, seafood processors and restaurants.

If the program doesn't achieve certain standards within five years, BP would renew it for three years at a time.

The governor also said that BP has agreed to pay $13 million for state wildlife and fisheries officials to monitor how and if the spill is affecting fisheries.