Friday, September 3, 2010

5130 Square Miles of Gulf of Mexico Re-opens for Fishing

Effective September 2, 2010, at 6:00 p.m. Eastern Time (5:00 p.m. Central Time), NOAA will reopen 5,130 square miles (8,256 square kilometers) of area it had previously closed to commercial and recreational fishing in the Gulf of Mexico in response to the BP/Deepwater Horizon oil spill.

The area closed to all fishing now measures 43,000 square miles (111,369 square kilometers) and covers about 18 percent of the Gulf of Mexico exclusive economic zone. All commercial and recreational fishing including catch and release is prohibited in this closed area. Transit through the closed area is allowed.

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