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NOAA modifies, extends Gulf fishing closure

GULF OF MEXICO (WLOX) - NOAA Fisheries Service on Friday modified the boundaries of the closed fishing area to better reflect the current extent of the oil pollution. Click here for a closer look at the map.

All commercial and recreational fishing including catch and release is prohibited in the closed area. The closure will be in effect for 10 days, from May 7-17.  

The closed area represents slightly less than 4.5 percent of Gulf of Mexico federal waters. The vast majority of Gulf waters have not been affected by the oil spill and continue to support productive fisheries and tourism activities. This closure is implemented for public safety.

This action temporarily closes the area bound by the following coordinates to all fishing:

From the point where 29o50' N. lat. intersects with the 3 nautical mile Louisiana state boundary; proceeding easterly to the point 29o50' N. lat. and 87o28' W. long.; thence, southeasterly to the point 29o20' N. lat. and 86o55' W. long.; thence, southwesterly to the point 28o18' N. lat. and 87o44' W. long.; thence, northwesterly to the point 28o30' N. lat. and 89o W. long.; thence, northwesterly to the point where 28o52' N. lat. intersects with the 3 nautical mile Louisiana state boundary; thence along the seaward limit of Louisiana's waters.

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