More Gulf fishing grounds re-opened

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NOAA reopened 5,144 square miles of Gulf waters Tuesday to commercial and recreational finfish fishing.

Since July 3, NOAA data have shown no oil in the area. Trajectory models show the area is at a low risk for future exposure to oil and, most importantly, fish caught in the area and tested by NOAA experts have shown no signs of contamination.

"We are confident that Gulf fish from this area is safe to eat and pleased that recreational and commercial fisherman can fish these waters again," said Jane Lubchenco, undersecretary of commerce for oceans and atmosphere and NOAA administrator.

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