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NOAA Expands Commercial and Recreational Fishing Closures

(May 10, 2010)—NOAA has modified and expanded the boundaries of the closed fishing area to better
reflect the current location of the BP oil spill, and is extending the fishing restriction until May 17.

The closed area now represents slightly less than 4.5 percent of Gulf of Mexico federal
waters. The original closure boundaries, which took effect last Sunday, encompassed less than
three percent. This leaves many areas that are still available for fishing. The vast majority of
Gulf waters has not been affected by the oil spill and continues to support productive fisheries
and tourism activities.

Read full release here: http://sero.nmfs.noaa.gov/sf/deepwater_horizon/closure_final.pdf

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