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Aug 10, 2010 12:48 PM by Melissa Canone

A Stretch of the Gulf will Reopen to Fishing

PANAMA CITY BEACH, Fla. (AP) - Federal authorities are set to
announce that a stretch of the Gulf of Mexico off the Florida
Panhandle will be reopened for commercial and recreational fishing.
Large swaths of the Gulf of Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and
Florida have been closed to fishing since the April 20 explosion on
the Deepwater Horizon killed 11 workers, sending the rig to the
bottom of the sea.
The well was capped in mid-July. With no more oil spewing,
National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration Administrator Jane
Lubchenco scheduled a news conference Tuesday at a marina in Panama
City Beach to announce the reopening of federal waters off the
Panhandle.
Federal waters begin about 10 miles from Florida's shores. State
waters are open to fishing, but not crabbing or shrimping.

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