US Expands No-Fishing Area in Gulf

45,728 square miles now closed
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Suggested by Disillusioned
Posted May 18, 2010 2:31 PM CDT
US Expands No-Fishing Area in Gulf
A ship's wake cuts through a pattern of oil near the site of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico Monday, May 17, 2010.   (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

The US today expanded the area around the Gulf oil spill where fishing is banned. The government's oceanic authority ordered 19% of federally controlled waters off-limits for fishing, up from 8% Friday and 10% yesterday. The area closed now covers 45,728 square miles, CNN reports. Meanwhile, three separate Senate hearings were under way today as the BP's well continues to gush oil.
(Read more Gulf oil spill stories.)

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