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Last area of gulf off Florida reopened to fishing

Federal officials Tuesday reopened the last area of the Gulf of Mexico off Florida's coast that was still closed to fishing, declaring that the 5,000 square miles had been officially oil-free since early July. From June 27 through July 20, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration sampled 153 fish, including grouper, snapper, tuna and mahi mahi, from the area, which begins nine miles into the gulf and stretches from Pensacola to Cape San Blas. The tests found no oil, and scientists do not believe the oil will return to that area. About 52,000 square miles, the equivalent of 22 percent of the gulf, still remains closed to fishing because of the Deepwater Horizon disaster.

Last area of gulf off Florida reopened to fishing 08/10/10 [Last modified: Tuesday, August 10, 2010 11:07pm]
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