Deepwater Horizon: NOAA expands GoM closed fishing area

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has extended the closed fishing area in the Gulf of Mexico to match the Louisiana state waters closure west of the current boundaries, and to incorporate an area in the southwest with reported oil.

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ST. PETERSBURG, Florida -- The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has extended the closed fishing area in the Gulf of Mexico to match the Louisiana state waters closure west of the current boundaries, and to incorporate an area in the southwest with reported oil.

The closed area now represents 54,096 sq mi (140,107 sq km), just over 22% of Gulf of Mexico federal waters, according to NOAA reports.

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(Click here to download a hi-res PDF of the map from the NOAA.)

05/26/2010

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