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NOAA expands fishing closed area in Gulf of Mexico; approximately 75 percent of Gulf still open for fishing

Date:
May 31, 2010
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National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
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NOAA has extended the closed fishing area in the Gulf of Mexico to include a large area of oil sheen patches crossing the eastern edge of the current boundary, as well as an area currently outside the southern boundary which a small portion of the sheen is moving toward.

Fishery Closure Boundary as of May 28, 2010. Closure area may be updated daily as necessary.
Credit: NOAA

NOAA has extended the closed fishing area in the Gulf of Mexico to include a large area of oil sheen patches crossing the eastern edge of the current boundary, as well as an area currently outside the southern boundary which a small portion of the sheen is moving toward.

Closing fishing in these areas is a precautionary measure to ensure that seafood from the Gulf will remain safe for consumers, according to NOAA.

The closed area now represents 60,683 square miles, which is approximately 25 percent of Gulf of Mexico federal waters. This leaves approximately 75 percent of Gulf federal waters still available for fishing. The closure will be effective on May 25, 2010 at 6:00 p.m. EDT. Details can be found at http://sero.nmfs.noaa.gov/.

The federal and state governments have systems in place to test and monitor seafood safety, prohibit harvesting from affected areas, and keep oiled products out of the marketplace. NOAA continues to work closely with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the states to ensure seafood safety, by closing fishing areas where tainted seafood could potentially be caught, and assessing whether seafood is tainted or contaminated to levels that pose a risk to human health. NOAA and FDA are working to implement a broad-scaled seafood sampling plan. The plan includes sampling seafood from inside and outside the closure area, as well as dockside- and market-based sampling.

According to NOAA, there are approximately 5.7 million recreational fishermen in the Gulf of Mexico region who took 25 million fishing trips in 2008. Commercial fishermen in the Gulf harvested more than one billion pounds of fish and shellfish in 2008.

Fishermen who wish to contact BP about a claim should call 800-440-0858.

NOAA will continue to evaluate the need for fisheries closures based on the evolving nature of the spill and will re-open closed areas as appropriate. NOAA will also re-evaluate the closure areas as new information that would change the boundaries of these closed areas becomes available.

NOAA has a number of methods for the public to obtain information or be notified when there is a change to the closed area:

  • Sign up to receive Southeast Fishery Bulletins by email at SERO.Communications.Comments@noaa.gov
  • Call 1-800-627-NOAA (1-800-627-6622) to hear a recording of the current coordinates
  • Listen to NOAA Weather Radio for messages about the closure
  • Receive text messages on your cell phone about changes to the closed area by texting fishing@gulf to 84469 (visit http://www.deepwaterhorizonresponse.com/go/doc/2931/558107 for more information)
  • Follow NOAA on Twitter: @usnoaagov to get a tweet when the closed area changes

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National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. "NOAA expands fishing closed area in Gulf of Mexico; approximately 75 percent of Gulf still open for fishing." ScienceDaily. ScienceDaily, 31 May 2010. <www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2010/05/100530212019.htm>.
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. (2010, May 31). NOAA expands fishing closed area in Gulf of Mexico; approximately 75 percent of Gulf still open for fishing. ScienceDaily. Retrieved April 23, 2014 from www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2010/05/100530212019.htm
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. "NOAA expands fishing closed area in Gulf of Mexico; approximately 75 percent of Gulf still open for fishing." ScienceDaily. www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2010/05/100530212019.htm (accessed April 23, 2014).

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