NOAA Opens More Gulf Waters to Fishing

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

Another area of the Gulf of Mexico has been reopened to commercial and recreational fishing after tests found seafood in the area to have no oil contamination to bar consumption.

The 7,037-square-mile area of Gulf waters that was reopened is about 70 miles south of the Florida panhandle, between the Florida-Alabama state line and Florida's Cape San Blas.

The closest point of the area to the Deepwater Horizon BP wellhead is about 60 miles.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said no oil or sheen has been documented in the area since July 19.

The remaining closed area is 9,444 square miles of federal waters, about four percent of federal Gulf waters.

At the height of the spill, about 37 percent of federal waters in the Gulf were closed.

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