Feds reclose section of Gulf after shrimper catches tar balls


US closes shrimping near oil spill site, AFP, November 25, 2010:

US authorities have closed to shrimping a section of the Gulf of Mexico near the area of a massive oil spill this year as a precautionary measure after a commercial shrimper found tar balls in his net.

The National Oceanographic and Oceanic Administration said on Wednesday the area closed to royal red shrimping is 10,000 square kilometres of Gulf of Mexico federal waters off Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama.

"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," the agency said in a statement.

See also: “Still in shock”: Alabama shrimpers find catch “coated in oil” at area open for fishing — Boat to be decontaminated (VIDEO)

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