NOAA Responds to Oil Geyser with Gulf Fishing Closure
All recreational and commercial fishing in a large section of federal waters from the mouth of the Mississippi River to Pensacola Bay will be closed for a minimum of 10 days, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced late yesterday. (See map here.)
“The portion of the waters currently closed to fishing represents about 77 percent of Louisiana seafood production, Smith said. Disruptions as a result of the spill could cost the fishing industry in Louisiana alone as much as $2.5 billion, said financial research firm Bernstein.” Reuters.