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Gulf oil spill: More fishing areas closed

May 9, 2010 |  1:06 pm

59projectionsState officials in Louisiana announced another set of fishing closures Sunday as the oil spill from the Deepwater Horizon disaster spread and approached state shores.

The commercial and recreational fishing closure now includes an area of the state's territorial sea west of the Mississippi River to Point au Fer, at the eastern side of Atchafalaya Bay, as well as the beaches that border any of the closed areas, according to the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries.

Sunday marked the third consecutive day that authorities closed areas to fishing. Oil has washed up on the Chandeleur Islands and is approaching other areas of St. Bernard Parish, while a plume also has spread west of the Mississippi River outlet.

-- Geoff Mohan

Image: Spill location as of May 9. Credit: Louisiana Governor's Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness