NOAA Closes Commercial and Recreational Fishing in Oil-Affected Portion of Gulf of Mexico.
NOAA has issued an emergency closure on fishing in federal waters affected by the BP Deepwater Horizon incident. This emergency curtailment of all fishing covers federal waters from the mouth of the Mississippi River to waters off Florida’s Pensacola Bay, effective immediately (May 2, 2010). Closure has initially been set for a minimum of 10 days. Details can be found here. This closure comes on the heels of the closing of Louisiana inshore waters east of the Mississippi River, which was announced Friday.