Southeast Fishery Bulletin

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Nov 8, 2013 (3 years and 8 months ago)

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FOR INFORMATION CONTACT:



















February
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727
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824
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5305, FAX 727
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5308









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BP

Oil Spill:
NOAA
Re
-
opens
Federal Waters
to
Royal Red Shrimp
Fishing


Effective
February 2, 2011

at
12:01 a
.m.
local
time
,
NOAA
will reopen

4,213

square miles
(
10,911

sq km)
of

area it had previously closed to
royal red shrimp

fishing
in the Gulf of Mexico in response to the BP/Deepwater
Horizon oil spill
.



NOAA Fisheries Service prohibited royal red shrimp
fishing in this area as a precautionary measure, after a
fisherman targeting this species reported catching tar
balls in his bott
om trawl. The closure was instituted in
consultation with the FDA to ensure seafood safety
while NOAA further investigated the situation.
NOAA

analyz
ed

royal red shrimp and tar ball samples collected
from the fisherman, and c
onducted

additional sampling
and video surveillance in and around the closed area to
determine the extent and magnitude of tar balls and to
collect additional shrimp and finfish samples for
analysis.


NOAA has completed th
e analysis

and determined
, in
consultation with the FDA,

shrimp and finfish
from

the
area are safe to eat. All seafood samples have passed
both sensory and chemical testing. The test results are
available at
http://sero.nmfs.noaa.gov/de
epwater_horizon_oil_spill.h
tm
.


The area immediately surrounding the wellhead remains
closed to all fishing.

The
closed area

now measures
1,041 sq mi (2,697 sq km). All commercial and
recreational fishing
,

including catch and release
,

is
prohibited in th
is closed area. Transit thr
ough the closed
area is allowed; however, the U.S. District Court in New
Orleans has ordered the establishment of a security zone
extending 750 feet in all directions from the mobile
offshore drilling unit Deepwater Horizon wrec
kage site
and its debris field.



Map Link:

http://sero.nmfs.noaa.gov/sf/deepwater_horizon/BP_Oil
Spill_FisheryClosureMap_020211.pdf


The

area closed to all fishing is bounded by rhumb lines
connecting, in order, the following coordinates:


North latitude

West longitude

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Southeast Fishery Bulletin


National Marine Fisheries Service, Southeast Regional Office, 263 13
th

Avenue South, St. Petersburg, Florida 33701
-
5505


Ways
t
o Receive Closure Information:



S
ign up
for Southeast Fishery
Bulletins: send an

email to:
SERO.Communications.Comments@noaa.gov



Call 1
-
800
-
627
-
NOAA (1
-
800
-
627
-
6622) to hear a recording of the current coordinates

(with messages in Spanish
and Vietnamese)



Li
sten to NOAA Weather Radio for updates



Follow us on Twitter: usnoaagov to get a tweet when the closed area changes


Links for more information:

Southeast Regional Office’s Web page:


http://sero.nmfs.noaa.gov/deepwater_horizon_oil_spill.htm


NOAA’s National Ocean Service

http://response.restoration.noaa.gov


Deepwater Horizon Response

http://www.restorethegulf.gov/