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
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)
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(Newser) – 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.

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