Published: May 11, 2010 10:16 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - The National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration is again expanding the area of federal waters closed to fishing.

NOAA said Tuesday that waters off-limits to fishing because of oil from the Deepwater Horizon disaster are being extended west at 5 p.m. CDT to central Timbalier Bay, southeast of Houma, La.

NOAA said the expanded area means about 7 percent of federal waters in the Gulf will be closed to fishing. The area extends east to Choctawhatchee Bay, Fla. Louisiana has closed state waters east of the Mississippi and a portion west of the river.