Friday, November 26, 2010

4,200 Square Miles of Gulf Waters Closed To Shrimping

"The National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) on Wednesday closed a section of the Gulf of Mexico to shrimping near the area where the massive oil spill earlier this year stemmed from as a precautionary move after a commercial fisherman found balls of tar in his shrimping net.

NOAA said the closed area is about 4,200 square miles of Gulf federal waters off Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama and affects royal red shrimping.

The move was taken after a “commercial shrimper, having hauled in his catch of the deep water shrimp, discovered tar balls in his net,” NOAA said in a statement to AFP."

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