Pensacola, FL (AP) - Another area of the Gulf of Mexico has
been reopened to commercial and recreational fishing after tests
found seafood in the area to have no oil contamination to bar
The 7,037-square-mile area of Gulf waters that was reopened is
about 70 miles south of the Florida panhandle, between the
Florida-Alabama state line and Florida's Cape San Blas. The closest
point of the area to the Deepwater Horizon BP wellhead is about 60
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said no oil
or sheen has been documented in the area since July 19.
The remaining closed area is 9,444 square miles of federal
waters, about four percent of federal Gulf waters.
At the height of the spill, about 37 percent of federal waters
in the Gulf were closed.
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