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NOAA and Coast Guard seize shrimp taken from closed fishing area

GULF OF MEXICO (WLOX) -

GULF OF MEXICO (WLOX) - As part of continued efforts to ensure the safety of seafood from the Gulf of Mexico and protect consumers, NOAA and the Coast Guard announced Tuesday that approximately 19,000 pounds of shrimp caught in a closed fishing area 13 miles south of Belle Pass, LA, was seized over the weekend as a result of a tip received on the NOAA Office of Law Enforcement Hotline.

To date, 78,264 square miles—approximately 32 percent—of federal waters in the Gulf of Mexico have been closed to commercial and recreational fishing as a precautionary measure to ensure that seafood from the Gulf remains safe for consumers. The closed area does not apply to any state waters.

Details can be found on the NOAA's Fisheries service website. Fisherman and consumers are encouraged to report potential seafood safety issues to (888) INFO-FDA. 

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