One day before the anniversary of the Deepwater Horizon disaster, the federal government says fishing can resume in the last area of the Gulf of Mexico closed because of the massive BP oil spill. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration says all federal waters in the Gulf are open to fishing.
Senator Mary Landrieu welcomed the news:
“Opening these last remaining areas is a welcome announcement to Louisiana fishermen,” Sen. Landrieu said. “While many of the waters surrounding Louisiana's coast have been open for some time now, this announcement means that all the waters of the Gulf are open for business. Louisiana has high quality seafood and our fishermen are ready to work. I hope this announcement reminds consumers that buying Louisiana seafood supports domestic jobs and industry within our state.”
“I am pleased to announce that all federal waters affected by the spill are now open to all fishing,” said Jane Lubchenco, Ph.D., under secretary of commerce for oceans and atmosphere and NOAA Administrator. “I thank fishermen and the public for their patience and FDA for its support and cooperation throughout this process while we worked diligently to ensure the integrity of Gulf seafood.”
The remaining 1,041 square miles of Gulf waters immediately surrounding the Deepwater Horizon wellhead, just east of Louisiana, are being reopened to commercial and recreational fishing. This is the 12th and final reopening in federal waters since July 22, 2010, and opens all of the areas in federal waters formerly closed to fishing due to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.