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Shrimping limit set after tar ball found

4 years ago November 24, 2010 Nov 24, 2010 Wednesday, November 24 2010 Wednesday, November 24, 2010 6:11:59 PM EST in News
Source: Associated Press

NEW ORLEANS - The federal government has closed part of the Gulf of Mexico to royal red shrimping after a commercial shrimper found tar balls in his net.

In a news release late Wednesday, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said the new restriction covers 4,213 square miles of federal waters off Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama and only applies to royal red shrimping.

NOAA said the Coast Guard is analyzing the tar balls caught by the shrimper to determine if they come from oil spilled after the April 20 Deepwater Horizon rig explosion.

Royal red shrimp are caught by dragging nets across the bottom of the sea floor. NOAA said fishing at shallower depths of the area isn't impacted by the closure.

Image courtesy of WPMI.

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