Category Archives: Gulf Fishing

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has been reopening segments of offshore Gulf waters in stages since July, starting with areas farthest away from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill site. The agency has done seven different openings since July 22. Today’s is the fourth in a month.

The newly-opened area stretches from the Mississippi River delta west to around Morgan City. The opening came after a safety and seafood testing protocol agreed to by NOAA, the federal Food and Drug Administration and each Gulf state.

NOAA first started sampling the area July 27 but stopped after scientists saw oil on the water’s surface. Once the area was deemed largely free of visible oil, scientists began sampling again for a month starting Aug. 15.

NOAA and the FDA conducted chemical tests of more than 250 shrimp and fish samples, and smell tests on more than 100 samples. All testing showed that there were no oil or dispersant levels anywhere near levels of concern, according to NOAA.

Still, 11 percent of federal waters in the Gulf remain closed to fishing, including areas closest to the well site and areas southeast of the well. Nearly 37 percent of the Gulf was closed to fishing at the peak of the spill event, in June.

Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill Blog Gag Grouper Closures

Gag Grouper Closures Reef-species regs anger anglers By JON CHAPMAN If you’ve been boating out in the Gulf of Mexico these past two weeks, you must have noticed the gorgeous weather we’ve been waiting for all winter. It’s calm, warm, … Continue reading

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Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill Blog Speckled Trout

Speckled Trout NewFishinPhotos12/08/10 excerpt: Went fishing in Hopedale, LA. 12-08-10 with my buddy George and Capt Gene Dugas of Rather Be Fishing Adventures (www.ratherbe-fishing.com). The weather was much more conducive to duck hunting than fishing…man it was cold, but we absolutely put … Continue reading

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Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill Blog Royal Red Shrimp Fishing

Royal Red Shrimp Fishing NOAA Closes Federal Waters to Royal Red Shrimp Fishing November 24, 2010 – Orange Beach, AL (OBA) – Effective November 24, 2010 at 6 p.m. eastern time (5 p.m. central time), NOAA will close 4,213 square … Continue reading

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Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill Blog Tarpon

Tarpon Call For Study of Gulf Fisheries After New Oil Spill Report Finds Risks Ignored The science is in, and it finds BP and its contractors failed to learn from “near misses,” and made risky decisions that contributed to the … Continue reading

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Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill Blog Deep Sea Fishing

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Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill Blog Shrimp

Shrimp     Gulf coast shrimpers and affected community groups from Alaska to Louisiana to Florida pressed the federal government to better regulate dispersants — the chemicals that oil companies sometimes use to break up oil slicks on water — … Continue reading

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Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill Blog Gulf Fishing

Gulf Fishing In 2008, commercial fishermen in the Gulf of Mexico harvested 1.27 billion pounds of finfish and shellfish. Commercial fishermen earned $659 million in total landings revenue in 2008 from gulf fishing. Two of the largest commercial fishing operations … Continue reading

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