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Joint Info Center just realeased this

WASHINGTON ? 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 (click here for map). The closure is effective immediately. Details can be found here: http://sero.nmfs.noaa.gov/. Fishermen who wish to contact BP about a claim should call (800) 440-0858.
 

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I think its safe to say that they will close fishing for AT LEAST the rest of the summer....THANK YOU BP!
 

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Holy frickin crap!!!!! can't believe how this thing is spiraling out of control!!
 

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Look at the map, the closed area off of Pcola is way offshore and well into federal waters. Like 40+ miles offshore, so hopefully we can can get a nice weather window and get a few trips out.
 

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Once booms go up, I don't think that you can get out anyway.

The fishing ought to good though as I bet that there are huge schools of fish fleeing to the east ahead of the oil.
 

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I think every charter boat captain should be filing claims with BP for lost trips. File your suits now before the class action is filed.
 

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Here's the NOAA email sent via CCA. You guys that depend on fishing for a living, hang in there I know it has been tough and this is one hell ofa punch! MORE importantly, let's remember the 11 who lost their lives and their families.......

Sent via Blackberry, Jim Owens <span class=yshortcuts id=lw_1272845311_0 style="CURSOR: hand; BORDER-BOTTOM: #0066cc 1px dashed">(205) 907-8042


<hr tabIndex=-1 align=center width="100%" SIZE=2/>From: Coastal Conservation Association <<span class=yshortcuts id=lw_1272845311_1 style="CURSOR: hand; BORDER-BOTTOM: #0066cc 1px dashed">[email protected]>
To: Owens, Jim
Sent: Sun May 02 16:52:40 2010
Subject: NOAA Update on <span class=yshortcuts id=lw_1272845311_2 style="BACKGROUND: none transparent scroll repeat 0% 0%; CURSOR: hand; BORDER-BOTTOM: #0066cc 1px dashed">Gulf Oil Spill

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<span style="font-size: medium">CCA Members,

NOAA released the update below on Sunday, May 2, regarding action taken for recreational and commercial fisheries in the <span class=yshortcuts id=lw_1272845311_3 style="BACKGROUND: none transparent scroll repeat 0% 0%; CURSOR: hand; BORDER-BOTTOM: medium none">Gulf of Mexico.

Ted Venker
Communications Director
<span class=yshortcuts id=lw_1272845311_4>Coastal Conservation Association

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<p class=MsoNormal align=center><span style="font-size: large"><span style="COLOR: black; LINE-HEIGHT: 115%; FONT-FAMILY: 'sans-serif'"><span class=yshortcuts id=lw_1272845311_5>NOAA Closes Commercial and Recreational Fishing in Oil-Affected Portion of Gulf of Mexico<span style="FONT-FAMILY: 'sans-serif'"><span style="FONT-FAMILY: 'sans-serif'">

<p class=MsoNormal style="TEXT-INDENT: 0.5in"><span style="font-size: medium"><span style="COLOR: black; LINE-HEIGHT: 115%; FONT-FAMILY: 'sans-serif'">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 <span class=yshortcuts id=lw_1272845311_6>Mississippi River to waters off Florida?s <span class=yshortcuts id=lw_1272845311_7 style="CURSOR: hand; BORDER-BOTTOM: #0066cc 1px dashed">Pensacola Bay (map attached). The closure is effective immediately. Details can be found here: <span style="LINE-HEIGHT: 115%; FONT-FAMILY: 'sans-serif'"><span style="font-size: medium">http://sero.nmfs.noaa.gov/<span style="font-size: medium"><span style="LINE-HEIGHT: 115%; FONT-FAMILY: 'sans-serif'">. Fishermen who wish to contact BP about a claim should call <span class=yshortcuts id=lw_1272845311_8 style="CURSOR: hand; BORDER-BOTTOM: #0066cc 1px dashed">800-440-0858.<span style="FONT-FAMILY: 'sans-serif'"><span style="FONT-FAMILY: 'sans-serif'"></p><p class=00bodytext style="TEXT-INDENT: 0.5in"><span style="font-size: medium"><span style="FONT-FAMILY: 'sans-serif'">?NOAA scientists are on the ground in the area of the oil spill taking water and seafood samples in an effort to ensure the safety of the seafood and fishing activities,? said Dr. Jane Lubchenco, NOAA Administrator, who met with more than 100 fishermen in Louisiana's Plaquemines Parish <span class=yshortcuts id=lw_1272845311_9 style="BACKGROUND: none transparent scroll repeat 0% 0%; CURSOR: hand; BORDER-BOTTOM: #0066cc 1px dashed">on Friday night. ?I heard the concerns of the Plaquemines Parish fishermen as well other fishermen and state <span class=yshortcuts id=lw_1272845311_10 style="CURSOR: hand; BORDER-BOTTOM: #0066cc 1px dashed">fishery managers about potential economic impacts of a closure. Balancing economic and health concerns, this order closes just those areas that are affected by oil. There should be no health risk in seafood currently in the marketplace.? <span style="font-size: 11pt; FONT-FAMILY: 'sans-serif'"></p><p class=00bodytext style="TEXT-INDENT: 0.5in"><span style="font-size: medium"><span class=apple-style-span><span style="FONT-FAMILY: 'sans-serif'">?We stand with America's fisherman, their families and businesses in impacted coastal communities during this very challenging time. Fishing is vital to our economy and our quality of life and we will work tirelessly protect to it," said <span class=yshortcuts id=lw_1272845311_11>Secretary of Commerce Gary Locke.<span style="FONT-FAMILY: 'sans-serif'">NOAA is a bureau of the U.S. Department of Commerce.<span style="font-size: 11pt; FONT-FAMILY: 'sans-serif'"></p><p class=00bodytext style="TEXT-INDENT: 0.5in"><span style="font-size: medium"><span style="FONT-FAMILY: 'sans-serif'">The federal and state governments have strong systems in place to test and monitor seafood safety and to prohibit harvesting from affected areas and keeping oiled products out of the marketplace. NOAA Fisheries is working closely with the <span class=yshortcuts id=lw_1272845311_12>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. <span style="font-size: 11pt; FONT-FAMILY: 'sans-serif'"></p><p class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN-BOTTOM: 12pt; TEXT-INDENT: 0.5in"><span style="font-size: medium"><span style="LINE-HEIGHT: 115%; FONT-FAMILY: 'sans-serif'">?There are finfish, crabs, oysters and shrimp in the Gulf of Mexico near the area of the oil spill,? said Roy Crabtree, NOAA Fisheries Southeast Regional Administrator. ?The Gulf is such an important biologic and economic area in terms of seafood production and recreational fishing.?<span style="FONT-FAMILY: 'sans-serif'"></p><p class=00bodytext style="TEXT-INDENT: 0.5in"><span style="font-size: medium"><span style="FONT-FAMILY: 'sans-serif'">According to NOAA, there are 3.2 million recreational fishermen in the <span class=yshortcuts id=lw_1272845311_13>Gulf of Mexico region who took 24 million fishing trips in 2008. Commercial fishermen in the Gulf harvested more than 1 billion pounds of finfish and shellfish in 2008.<span style="font-size: 11pt; FONT-FAMILY: 'sans-serif'"></p><p class=00bodytext style="TEXT-INDENT: 0.5in"><span style="font-size: medium"><span style="FONT-FAMILY: 'sans-serif'">NOAA is working with the state governors to evaluate the need to declare a fisheries disaster in order to facilitate federal aid to fishermen in these areas. NOAA fisheries representatives in the region will be meeting with fishermen this week to assist them. The states of Louisiana and <span class=yshortcuts id=lw_1272845311_14>Mississippi have requested NOAA to declare a federal fisheries disaster. BP will be hiring fishermen to help clean up from the spill and deploy boom in the Gulf of Mexico. Interested fishermen should call <span class=yshortcuts id=lw_1272845311_15 style="CURSOR: hand; BORDER-BOTTOM: #0066cc 1px dashed">425-745-8017.<span style="font-size: 11pt; FONT-FAMILY: 'sans-serif'"></p><p class=00bodytext style="TEXT-INDENT: 0.5in"><span style="font-size: medium"><span style="FONT-FAMILY: 'sans-serif'">NOAA will continue to evaluate the need for fisheries closures based on the evolving nature of the spill and will re-open the fisheries as appropriate. NOAA will also re-evaluate the closure areas as new information that would change the dimension of these closed areas becomes available.<span style="font-size: 11pt; FONT-FAMILY: 'sans-serif'"></p><p class=MsoNormal style="TEXT-INDENT: 0.5in"><span style="font-size: medium"><span style="COLOR: black; LINE-HEIGHT: 115%; FONT-FAMILY: 'sans-serif'">NOAA understands and predicts changes in the Earth's environment, from the depths of the ocean to the surface of the sun, and conserves and manages our coastal and marine resources. Visit <span style="FONT-FAMILY: 'sans-serif'"><span style="font-size: medium"><span title=http://www.noaa.gov/ style="LINE-HEIGHT: 115%">http://www.noaa.gov<span style="font-size: medium"><span style="COLOR: black; LINE-HEIGHT: 115%; FONT-FAMILY: 'sans-serif'">.</p></td></tr></tbody></table></p>
 

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probably true,the fishing was great just west of the red tide 2 years ago.. lets pray for a north wind ,this south wind can't be good.
 
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