Sep 3, 2010 3:56 PM by Melissa Canone

More Federal Waters in Gulf Open to Fishing

MIAMI (AP) - More federal waters in the Gulf of Mexico off the
Florida Panhandle are open to commercial and recreational fishing.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said Friday
that the 3,114-square mile area had a low risk for future exposure
to oil.
Tuna, swordfish, mahi mahi and other fish caught in these waters
showed no sign of contamination. NOAA will continue to monitor
seafood in the area.
About 39,885 square miles of federal waters in the Gulf remain
closed. That area extends from the Louisiana coastline southeast
into the open Gulf.
Roughly 88,000 square miles of federal waters off Louisiana,
Mississippi, Alabama and Florida were closed after the April 20
explosion on the Deepwater Horizon killed 11 workers.


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