NOAA opens more Gulf waters to fishing

04 Oct 2010
Gulf of Mexico shrimp boats.

Gulf of Mexico shrimp boats.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has reopened 5,628 square miles of Gulf waters off eastern Louisiana to recreational and commercial fishing.

About 11% or 26,287 square miles of US federal waters in the Gulf of Mexico remain closed to fishing in the wake of the BP oil spill, NOAA said.

No oil or sheen has been documented in the area just reopened since 6 August. It was the seventh reopening of federal waters since 22 July.

"Reopening these critical fishing grounds signals progress and is important for the long-term recovery of the Gulf's commercial and recreational industries," said Jane Lubchenco, under secretary of commerce for oceans and atmosphere.

"Our tests continue to reveal that Gulf seafood is safe for consumption. We will not reopen an area until we are certain the seafood from it is safe," she said.

 [Source: Reuters]

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