Posted: Jul 22, 2010 4:38 PM by Melissa Canone
NEW ORLEANS (AP) - The National Oceanic and Atmospheric
Administration will reopen 26,388 square miles of Gulf waters - one
third of all the area closed because of the BP oil spill - to
commercial and recreational fishing.
Thursday's announcement said that since mid-June, no oil had
been found in the area that's being reopened. Additionally,
projections of where the oil might go in the future shows a low
risk of the area being hit.
NOAA also says fish caught in the area and tested have shown no
signs of contamination.
Commerce Secretary Gary Locke says that the reopening provides
important assurance to the American people that the seafood they
buy is safe and protects the Gulf seafood brand and the people who
depend on it for their livelihoods.