BP spill closed area grows again

27 May 2010
Firefighting response vessels tackling the Deepwater Horizon blaze on 20 April. (Photo: US Coastguard)

Firefighting response vessels tackling the Deepwater Horizon blaze on 20 April. (Photo: US Coastguard)

The NOAA has again extended the closed fishing area in the Gulf of Mexico to match the Louisiana state waters closure west of the current boundaries, and to incorporate an area reportedly with oil in the southwest.

Closing fishing in these areas is a precautionary measure to ensure that seafood from the Gulf will remain safe for consumers, said NOAA.    

The closed area now represents 54,096 square miles, which is slightly more than 22% of Gulf of Mexico federal waters. This leaves more than 77% of Gulf federal waters still available for fishing.

The revised closure became effective at 6pm (EDT) on 25 May.

NOAA will continue to evaluate the need for fisheries closures based on the evolving nature of the spill and will reopen closed areas as appropriate.

It will also re-evaluate the closure areas as new information that would change the boundaries of these closed areas becomes available.

BP’s Deepwater Horizon rig caught fire on 20 April and subsequently sank.

The petrochemical giant has so far failed to stop oil spewing into the ocean.

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