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Feds open last of Gulf waters to fishing

NOAA reopened to commercial and recreational fishing 1,041 square miles of Gulf of Mexico waters immediately surrounding the Deepwater Horizon wellhead, just east of Louisiana.

This is the 12th and final reopening in federal waters since July 22, 2010, and opens all of the areas in federal waters formerly closed to fishing due to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.

"I thank fishermen and the public for their patience and FDA for its support and cooperation throughout this process while we worked diligently to ensure the integrity of Gulf seafood," said Jane Lubchenco, Ph.D., under secretary of commerce for oceans and atmosphere and NOAA Administrator.

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