MIAMI (AP) - Federal authorities have lifted a fishing ban in the northern Gulf of Mexico from the Florida Panhandle to the far eastern coast of Louisiana.

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration officials said
Thursday about 5,130 square miles of federal waters from Pensacola
west through Alabama and Mississippi are open to fishing and shrimp
harvesting.

NOAA also said shrimping could resume in federal waters east of
Pensacola, which reopened to other fishing last month.

The area is considered low-risk for future exposure to oil.

Seafood collected there has not shown any signs of contamination.

Roughly 43,000 square miles of federal waters remain closed, an
area mostly off Louisiana and stretching into the open Gulf.


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