Shrimpers back in Florida waters
Published: August 19,2010
GULF OF MEXICO — Shrimping is now permitted in state waters off the western tip of the Florida Panhandle that had been closed due to the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.
As a precaution, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission closed the 23-mile stretch of water off Escambia County on June 14 to fishing, crabbing and shrimping.
Officials say laboratory tests confirm that the shrimp are oil-free and safe to eat.
Fishing has been allowed since July 31 in the same waters from the Florida-Alabama border east to Pensacola Beach.
The area remains closed to crab harvesting pending additional testing.
Oysters, clams and mussels were not included in the closure and are open to harvest.
To sign up for Mississippi Business Daily Updates, click here.
FOLLOW THE MBJ ON TWITTERMy Tweets
Top Posts & Pages
- Outside group files arguments supporting McDaniel
- Court rules board can discipline West Virginia radiologist
- DAVID DALLAS: Mississippi's in'adequate' public schools
- MDEQ fines metalworking firm over hazardous waste
- Payday lender, fired executive exchanging blame for lender’s regulatory woes
- C Spire now offering new Blast Motion technology for athletes
- Grain buyer’s bankruptcy could take steep toll on Delta farmers
- Mississippi no longer has highest unemployment rate in nation
- Mad Genius, Eyevox owner acquires Mississippi Film Studios