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NOAA Opens Areas in Gulf of Mexico to Fishing

Photo Courtesy -- -- The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration reopened 2, 927 square miles of Gulf waters off eastern Louisiana Tuesday for commercial and recreational fishing. 

The reopening was announced after consultation with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and under a reopening protocol agreed to by NOAA, the FDA and the Gulf states.

“Today’s reopening is great news for fishermen and the seafood industry in Louisiana,” U.S. Commerce Secretary Gary Locke said. “We look forward to reopening more federal waters, as this provides greater access to commercial and recreational activities, and continues to build consumer confidence in Gulf seafood.”

NOAA says the total area reopened Tuesday is about 1 percent of federal waters in the Gulf of Mexico and 11 percent of the current closed area.  NOAA added that "No oil or sheen has been documented in the area since July 31.  At its closest point, the area to be reopened is about 40 miles south of the Deepwater Horizon BP wellhead."

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