U.S. closes commercial, recreational fishing in oil-affected waters

10:47, May 03, 2010      

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A television reporter stands beside oil booms at the coast of South Pass, south of Venice, Louisiana, as oil leaking from the Deepwater Horizon wellhead continues to spread in the Gulf of Mexico, May 2, 2010. (Xinhua/Agencies Photo)


The U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) on Sunday announced its decision to close commercial and recreational fishing in oil-affected waters in the Gulf of Mexico for at least ten days.

"NOAA is restricting fishing for a minimum of ten days in federal waters most affected by the BP oil spill, largely between Louisiana state waters at the mouth of the Mississippi River to waters off Florida's Pensacola Bay," said a statement issued by NOAA, a bureau of the U.S. Department of Commerce.

"NOAA is working closely with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the States to ensure seafood safety, by assessing whether seafood is tainted or contaminated to levels that pose a risk to human health," said the statement.

The oil spill started on April 22, two days after a British Petroleum (BP) oil rig exploded, caught fire and sank.

The oil slick spewed by the ruptured oil rig is moving fast toward the U.S. shorelines, and experts fear it may spell a major ecological nightmare in the worst oil disaster in the country's history.

Source: Xinhua
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