NOAA modifies commercial and recreational fishing closure in the oil-affected portions of the Gulf of Mexico.
The closure has been moved further west AWAY from the Florida Keys.
The changes take effect today, June 21, at 6pm.
While the closure measures nearly 87,000 square miles and covers 36% of the Gulf of Mexico exclusive economic zone, the majority of federal waters in the Gulf of Mexico are open to commercial and recreational fishing.
Our thoughts and concerns remain with our fellow fishermen on the Gulf coasts of Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Florida.
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