|Published:||Aug 10, 2010 5:43 PM EDT|
|Updated:||Aug 10, 2010 2:43 PM EDT|
PANAMA CITY BEACH, Fla. (AP) - Federal authorities are set to announce that a stretch of the Gulf of Mexico off the Florida Panhandle will be reopened for commercial and recreational fishing.
Large swaths of the Gulf of Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Florida have been closed to fishing since the April 20 explosion on the Deepwater Horizon killed 11 workers, sending the rig to the bottom of the sea.
The well was capped in mid-July. With no more oil spewing, National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration Administrator Jane Lubchenco scheduled a news conference Tuesday at a marina in Panama City Beach to announce the reopening of federal waters off the Panhandle.
Federal waters begin about 10 miles from Florida's shores. State waters are open to fishing, but not crabbing or shrimping.
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