Oil Spill Shuts Down 19 Percent of Gulf Fishing
In this May 6, 2010 file photo, oil from the leaking Deep Horizon oil rig is seen swirling through the currents in the Gulf of Mexico. Marine scientists fear that two powerful Gulf currents will carry the oil to other reefs: the eastward flowing loop current could spread the oil about 450 miles to the Florida Keys, while the Louisiana coastal current could move the oil as far west as central Texas.
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Federal officials say they're expanding the area of the Gulf of Mexico where fishing is shut down because of a massive oil spill.
They had already shut down fishing from the Mississippi River to the Florida Panhandle soon after an offshore oil rig exploded and sank last month. About 7 percent of federal waters were affected.Special Section: Disaster in the Gulf
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced Tuesday that it's expanding the closed area, though it won't say exactly where until later in the day. Nearly 46,000 square miles, or about 19 percent of federal waters, will be shut under the expanded ban.
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