Sep 2, 2010 4:45 PM by Melissa Canone
MIAMI (AP) - Federal authorities have lifted a fishing ban in
the northern Gulf of Mexico from the Florida Panhandle to the far
eastern coast of Louisiana.
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration officials said
Thursday about 5,130 square miles of federal waters from Pensacola
west through Alabama and Mississippi are open to fishing and shrimp
NOAA also said shrimping could resume in federal waters east of
Pensacola, which reopened to other fishing last month.
The area is considered low-risk for future exposure to oil.
Seafood collected there has not shown any signs of contamination.
Large swaths of the Gulf off Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and
Florida were closed to fishing after the April 20 explosion on the
Deepwater Horizon killed 11 workers.