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Gulf oil spill: More fishing areas closed

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The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Friday expanded the boundaries of its no-fishing zones to better reflect the growing and drifting plume of oil from the Deepwater Horizon well blowout. The ban also was extended to May 17.

NOAA noted that the closure affects 4.5% of federal waters, up from 3% in the previous closure order. "The vast majority of Gulf waters has not been affected by the oil spill and continues to support productive fisheries and tourism activities," a NOAA statement said.

The agency, which also is sampling and testing fish, water and deep-sea sediment, plans to continue meeting with fishermen in the oil-affected area to listen to their concerns and share with them what it has learned so far about how the oil might be affecting their potential seafood catch.

“NOAA stands shoulder to shoulder with Gulf Coast fishermen and their families during these challenging times,” said agency director Jane Lubchenco. “NOAA scientists are on the ground in the area of the oil spill taking water and seafood samples in an effort to ensure the safety of the seafood and fishing activities.”

The agency is working with the Food and Drug Administration as well as authorities in states affected by the spill. Louisiana and Mississippi have requested a federal fisheries disaster be declared, a move that is under consideration by NOAA.

-- Geoff Mohan
 
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I sent a message to BP, (Bad Plug!), yesterday. I told them that they should have drilled a relief well immediately, as the US Government would probably have allowed oil extraction to continue.
I think President Obama made a bad decision on opting for only one option of plugging the well, instead of drilling a relief well, in addition to trying to plug the well with methods that have never been tried before. A lot of time and damage has been done in the last 40 days and now it will take another 60 days to find out if a relief well works. Who in the hell has made the decisions to date? I know president Obama is in charge, but who is advisng him? The damage this disaster will cause, to the rest of the world, has not yet been revealed. If this oil enters the Golf Stream it could cause a disaster never seen by mankind before. This comment does not stop here lone

I sent a message to BP, (Bad Plug!), yesterday. I told them that they should have drilled a relief well immediately, as the US Government would probably have allowed oil extraction to continue.
I think President Obama made a bad decision on opting for only one option of plugging the well, instead of drilling a relief well, in addition to trying to plug the well with methods that have never been tried before. A lot of time and damage has been done in the last 40 days and now it will take another 60 days to find out if a relief well works. Who in the hell has made the decisions to date? I know president Obama is in charge, but who is advisng him? The damage this disaster will cause, to the rest of the world, has not yet been revealed. If this oil enters the Golf Stream it could cause a disaster never seen by mankind before. This comment does not stop at here


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