|Published:||Jun 07, 2010 12:49 AM EDT|
|Updated:||Jun 06, 2010 9:51 PM EDT|
PENSACOLA BEACH, Fla. - There's still no oil washing up on shore in Pensacola Beach, but the oil sheen is just a mile from the pier, though now it may be moving east.
Tar balls have already been spotted on Perdido Key right on the Florida-Alabama line, as well as Pensacola. Okaloosa county officials say lifeguards on Fort Walton Beach did pick up some smaller tar balls this weekend. Bay County and Panama City would be next if the oil follows NOAA's trajectory.
Florida Fish and Wildlife officers are patrolling the water around Pensacola Bay and out into the Gulf of Mexico, reminding boaters of the latest advisories and closures.
"Just be cautious what catch, it may be contaminated," FWC officers warned boaters on Sunday.
"I walked outside this morning and it smelled like creasote," one boater said. "Best deal is catch and release"
With oil sitting just a few miles off the coast - fishing options are becoming more limited.
Past Fort Pickens State Park and into Pensacola pass, it's evident the concern is less about recreation and more about prevention.
Red snapper season opened June 1st, but with so much of the gulf closed off, the short season may be lost.
"A lot of people plan time during this part of year to harvest red snapper and now to not be able to - they're definitely upset."