NOAA closes fisheries

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Posted: May 2, 2010 2:51 PM by Luke Margolis
Source: WBRZ

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Topics: Dr Jane Lubchenco, NOAA, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, fisheries, Gulf of Mexico, oil spill, BP

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has put a stop to all fishing in federal waters nearest to the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, for at least ten days, effective immediately.

According to NOAA, the area is largely in Louisiana state waters at the mouth of the Mississippi River, to waters off Florida's Pensacola Bay.

"Balancing economic and health concerns, this order closes just those areas that are affected by oil. There should be no health risk in seafood currently in the marketplace," said NOAA Administrator Dr. Jane Lubchenco.

NOAA says it will re-open the fisheries when conditions allow.

Fishermen intererested in filing for damages with BP, should call (800) 440-0858.

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