NOAA modifies fishing closure

13 May 2010
NOAA is advising fishermen not to fish in areas where there is a presence of oil.

NOAA is advising fishermen not to fish in areas where there is a presence of oil.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has revised the areas closed to fishing in the Gulf of Mexico due to the massive BP oil spill.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has revised the area closed to fishing in the Gulf of Mexico due to the massive BP oil spill.

The following revisions to the closure, were made effective on May 12, 2010. All commercial and recreational fishing including catch and release is prohibited in the closed area; however, transit through the area is allowed.

The revised closed area is bounded by rhumb lines connecting, in order, the following coordinates: From the point where 30°01' N. lat. intersects with the 3 nautical mile Louisiana state boundary; proceeding southeasterly to the point 29°50' N. lat. and 88°14' W. long.; thence, easterly to the point 29°50' N. lat. and 87°28' W. long.; thence, southeasterly to the point 29°27' N. lat. and 86°31' W. long.; thence southwesterly to the point 27°56' N. lat. and 87°53' W. long.; thence, westerly to the point 27°56' N. lat. and 88°23' W. long.; thence, northwesterly to the point 28°33' N. lat. and 89°00' W. long.; thence, northwesterly to the point 28°39' N. lat. and 90°25' W. long.; thence northwesterly to the point 29°07' N. lat. and 91°35' W. long.; thence northerly to the point where 91°35' W. long. intersects with the 3 nautical mile Louisiana state boundary; thence along the seaward limit of Louisiana’s waters. 

Because modelling and mapping the actual and projected spill area is not an exact science, the NOAA Fisheries Service is strongly advising fishermen not to fish in areas where oil or oil sheens (very thin layers of floating oil) are present, even if those areas are not currently closed to fishing.

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