On June 7, a total of 32.3 per cent of Gulf federal waters were closed to fishing.
"Closing fishing in these areas is a precautionary measure to ensure that seafood from the Gulf will remain safe for consumers," NOAA said.
The closed area expanded northward to include waters off Panama City beach in northern Florida, NOAA said, noting that the federal closure does not apply to any US state waters.
Millions of gallons of oil have already flooded into the Gulf since the Deepwater Horizon rig exploded on April 20, killing 11 people before sinking into the sea two days later. The spill has become the worst US environmental disaster in history.
Aquaculture handbook to help develop the sector Pakistan
Pakistani scientists together with the US Department of Agriculture and American Soybean Association launched a handbook aimed at improving aquaculture practices in the Asian country.
Vulnerable marine ecosystems in African coast sought Spain
Researchers from the Spanish Institute of Oceanography and the University of Vigo, belonging to the science team EcoAfrik project, are participating in an offshore oceanographic campaign, off the coast of South Africa and Namibia, looking for Vulnerable Marine Ecosystems that require protection.
Navantia sets up a subsidiary in Brazil Brazil
The Spanish government authorized Navantia to establish a subsidiary in Brazil, in order to participate in major contracts for fleet renewal planned for the coming years.
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