NOAA Closes 4,200 Square Miles of Gulf Waters to Royal Red Shrimping

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posted on Nov, 25 2010 @ 12:39 PM
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Yeah, keep eating those safe and tasty shrimps! I mean they're all safe, Obama said so!


This should be on every MSM 24/7... but of course, it's nowhere to be seen.... nice uh?

NOAA Closes 4,200 Square Miles of Gulf Waters to Royal Red Shrimping

Today, out of an abundance of caution, NOAA has closed 4,213 square miles of Gulf of Mexico federal waters off Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama to royal red shrimping. The precautionary measure was taken after a commercial shrimper, having hauled in his catch of the deep water shrimp, discovered tar balls in his net.

Fishing for royal red shrimp is conducted by pulling fishing nets across the bottom of the ocean floor. The tar balls found in the catch may have been entrained in the net as it was dragged along the seafloor.

Other fishing at shallower depths in this area has not turned up any tar balls and is thus not impacted by this closure. The fisherman who reported this catch had trawled for brown shrimp in shallow waters in a different portion of the area to be closed earlier in the day without seeing tar balls.

Following the report of tar balls, NOAA was in contact with shrimpers involved in royal red shrimping in this area. Only a handful of the approximately 250 permitted royal red shrimp fishermen are currently active in the fishery. The tar balls are being analyzed by the U.S. Coast Guard to determine if they are from the Deepwater Horizon/BP spill.

For once NOAA and the FDA is doing something good for the public health... although MONTHS TOO LATE.




posted on Nov, 26 2010 @ 03:20 AM
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For the public?


This is to cover their own oily arses in case they get sued.





 
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