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NOAA extends Gulf area closed to fishing

WASHINGTON, DC (WLOX) - More federal waters in the Gulf of Mexico are now off limits to fishermen.

Tuesday, NOAA extended the boundaries of the closed fishing area to capture portions of the slick moving into waters off eastern Alabama and the western tip of the Florida panhandle, as well as some large patches of sheen moving onto the west Florida shelf and southward to Cuban waters.

This federal closure does not apply to any state waters. Closing fishing in these areas is a precautionary measure to ensure that seafood from the Gulf will remain safe for consumers.

The closed area now represents 75,920 square miles, which is slightly more than 31 percent of Gulf of Mexico federal waters. This leaves more than 68 percent of Gulf federal waters available for fishing.

The closure will be effective Tuesday, June 1 at 5pm. Click here or visit http://sero.nmfs.noaa.gov/ for a closer look at the closure map.

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