Oil Spill: fishing ban extends to 37% of the Gulf

7:49 AM, Jun 3, 2010   |    comments
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Washington, D.C. -- The federal government has expanded the fishing ban in the Gulf of Mexico.

Now, some 88,502 square miles -- about 37% of the gulf waters regulated by the federal government -- are off limits to commercial and recreational fishing.

MAP: Fishery Closure Boundary as of 6-2-10 (PDF)

The expansion is due to portions of the BP oil spill moving beyond previous boundaries.

NOAA made the announcement late this afternoon.

The new zone includes, for the first time, an area off southwest Florida that extends to just west of the Dry Tortugas.

This is the second expansion of the fishing ban in two days. Yesterday, the government expanded the zone to 75,920 square miles, or about 31% of the gulf's federal waters.

More details on the fishing ban can be found on NOAA's web site.


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