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I know that FWC has the state waters closed east to the water tower but I was wondering is the pass still open/ boomed or somewhere in between? I noticed in their press release concerning the closure that FWC said it was permissible for vessels to navigate through the closed area as long as you did not fish...
 

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"Pensacola Pass as well as Perdido Pass will continue to be closed with the tide to reduce the amount of oil entering inland waters. These waterways are manned to allow access to necessary vessel traffic and are open for vessel traffic during low tide. See NOAA tide predictions."

From: Florida Outlines BP Gulf Oil Spill Response For July 8, 2010 | Gov Monitor

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http://www.dep.state.fl.us/deepwaterhorizon/files/response/0710/deepwater_response_070810.pdf

Catch and release is still allowed in closed waters.

Per: http://myfwc.com/NEWSROOM/10/statewide/News_10_X_OilSpill19.htm
 

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"Pensacola Pass as well as Perdido Pass will continue to be closed with the tide to reduce the amount of oil entering inland waters. These waterways are manned to allow access to necessary vessel traffic and are open for vessel traffic during low tide. See NOAA tide predictions."

From: Florida Outlines BP Gulf Oil Spill Response For July 8, 2010 | Gov Monitor

and

http://www.dep.state.fl.us/deepwaterhorizon/files/response/0710/deepwater_response_070810.pdf

Catch and release is still allowed in closed waters.

Per: FWC News - Oil forces partial fishing closure in Escambia Co.
If thats true then p-cola pass hasnt got that memo...i know for a fact this morning was a strong incoming tide and the pass was wide open...heard from several people that said the CG will NOT close the pass off
 

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If thats true then p-cola pass hasnt got that memo...i know for a fact this morning was a strong incoming tide and the pass was wide open...heard from several people that said the CG will NOT close the pass off

Perdido Pass and Pensacola Pass will be closed with the tide to prevent oil from entering inland waters. Boom will be deployed across each Pass at flood tide (water coming in) and removed at ebb tide (water going out).

o Boaters in areas where skimming is being conducted, or where boom has been set, have been requested to maintain no-wake speeds.

o Based on oil activity recently, the United States Coast Guard’s Captain of the Port for Sector Mobile authorized the official closure of Perdido Pass and Pensacola Pass. These waterways will be manned to allow access to necessary vessel traffic. Perdido Pass and Pensacola Pass will be open for vessel traffic during low tide. See NOAA tide predictions.



Read more: wmbb.com - Florida Deepwater Horizon Response June 16, 2010

It may be wide open at times, but it would appear that if deemed necessary the local person "in charge" has the CG okay to close the pass.

Unified Command for the BP Oil Spill | Pensacola Pass to Close with Tide
 

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Soooo....based on empirical evidence it appears that it is at the discretion of the sector commander. If that is the case, do they make an announcement on Ch 16 (ie "panpan, panpan, panpan...as of #### the pensacola pass will be closed....") or is it if you return on a incoming tide you may be just screwed?
 

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Perdido Pass and Pensacola Pass will be closed with the tide to prevent oil from entering inland waters. Boom will be deployed across each Pass at flood tide (water coming in) and removed at ebb tide (water going out).

o Boaters in areas where skimming is being conducted, or where boom has been set, have been requested to maintain no-wake speeds.

o Based on oil activity recently, the United States Coast Guard’s Captain of the Port for Sector Mobile authorized the official closure of Perdido Pass and Pensacola Pass. These waterways will be manned to allow access to necessary vessel traffic. Perdido Pass and Pensacola Pass will be open for vessel traffic during low tide. See NOAA tide predictions.



Read more: wmbb.com - Florida Deepwater Horizon Response June 16, 2010

It may be wide open at times, but it would appear that if deemed necessary the local person "in charge" has the CG okay to close the pass.

Unified Command for the BP Oil Spill | Pensacola Pass to Close with Tide
Just because its in writing doesn't mean that's what's happening...was in the pass at around 6am and there was a strong incoming tide and there was ZERO boom across the pass in pensacola...unless we drove right over that bright yellow stuff and happen to miss it
 
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