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.
Easter recess Japan
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Shrimp firms lay off over 400 workers Ecuador
Two processing and exporting shrimp firms from Costa Rica have been forced to lay off 412 employees since October last year, following a sharp drop in production.
Haiku records strong decrease in profits China
Chinese seafood processors, Haikui Seafood’s revenue decreased by 39.7 per cent compared to 2012 as a result of the challenging market environment affecting the industry in the country.
Salmon price status at week 16 Norway
Fresh salmon export volumes for week 15 are up 2,409 tonnes compared to week 14 and up 6,172 tonnes compared to week 15, 2013, reports Fish Pool ASA.
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