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Jun 1, 2010 3:24 PM by Melissa Canone

1/3 of federal waters in Gulf closing to fishing

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Almost one-third of federal waters in the
Gulf of Mexico is closing to commercial and recreational fishing
because of the oil spill.
The National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration
expanded the area by 5 percent Tuesday. NOAA says as of 6 p.m. EDT
Tuesday that nearly 76,000 square miles would be off-limits because
of oil spreading from the Deepwater Horizon disaster. That's more
than 31 percent of federal Gulf waters.
The irregular shape ban extends from Atchafalaya Bay, La., east
to a point about 200 miles west of Naples, Fla., and then bending
south.

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