WASHINGTON — The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association has reopened 8,403 square miles of the Gulf of Mexico to commercial and recreational fishing. The area, which extends from the Louisiana state water line to due south of the Alabama/Florida state line, represents 89% of the waters that were still off-limits for fishing, as of late October. Almost the entire Gulf, with the exception of 1,000 square miles immediately surrounding the wellhead of the Deepwater Horizon oil rig, has ...
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