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   Gulf of Mexico fishing gets OK in more than 5,000 square miles of federal waters

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8/10/2010 6:00 pm

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Chris Kirkham, The Times-Picayune

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New Orleans Times-Picayune

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Entered 8/10/2010, Updated 8/10/2010

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The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has reopened commercial and recreational finfishing in a 5,144-square-mile section of federal waters off the coast of the Florida Panhandle, after testing done in coordination with the federal Food and Drug Administration showed no traces of oil or dispersants in fish samples that would be of concern to public health. Although there is not a major shrimp fishery in that section of the Gulf of Mexico, the waters will remain closed to shrimping until NOAA is able to get more shrimp samples to put through the chemical and smell testing processes, said Roy Crabtree, the southeast regional administrator for NOAA's Fisheries Service. Share Nothing is finalized yet, but Crabtree said federal waters off the coast of western Louisiana are likely to be the next area considered for reopening.


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