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    Posted July 23, 2010 by
    Gulf of Mexico
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    Fishing Closure of July 22nd allows fishing in oiled regions?

    Fishing Closure Map of July 22nd 2010  allows fishing in oiled regions?

    According to the Deepwater Horizon update on  July 22, 2010 17:13:21 CST http://ht.ly/2ff4V , NOAA is to Re-open One-Third of  Closed Gulf Fishing Area.

    quote: "NEW ORLEANS — NOAA will re-open  26,388 square miles of Gulf waters to commercial and recreational fishing on  Thursday. The reopening of a third of the overall closed area was announced  after consultation with FDA and under a re-opening protocol agreed to by NOAA,  the FDA, and the Gulf  states."

    However, by taking a closer look at the ERMA®  map it clearly indicates that the Trajectory Forecast of oil for the next days  is predicted to be 'outside' this "Closed Area". www.geoplatform.gov/gulfresponse The red line indicates the "Closed Zone" and the black lines the "trajectory  zone" for July 22nd-24th 2010.

    This situation raises great concern and should  be further investigated: "Why NOAA is predicting oil to arrive in an area and at  the same time to re-open the fishing closure zone?"

    Furthermore, the near-shore zones already  visibly oiled, lie "outside" the "Closed Zone" as well, in other words the  "fishing is allowed". Zones that are now open for fishing are also the  most dense areas of confirmed Marine Mammal & Sea Turtle stranding since the  Deepwater Horizon rig exploded on April, 20th 2010.

    ... "This dataset contains confirmed marine  mammal stranding locations in the  northern Gulf of Mexico for the time period  of 4/30/2010-7/21/2010. A  stranding is defined as a dead or debilitated animal  that washes ashore  or is found in the water. Stranding locations are collected  and verified  in the field by a network of responders. Stranded individuals are   externally swabbed for oil residue and, when possible, tissue samples  are  collected to assess the potential role of oil exposure in the  stranding.  Information pertaining to oil-related impacts is forthcoming,  pending  laboratory analysis. This data is being provided for reporting  and response  purposes related to the oil spill that followed the  explosion of the Deepwater  Horizon platform in the northern Gulf of  Mexico."

    ... "This dataset contains locations of   confirmed sea turtle observations in the northern Gulf of Mexico for the  time  period of 4/30/2010 - 7/21/2010. Observations include sea turtle  strandings  (dead or debilitated animals that wash ashore or are found in  the water) and  sea turtles encountered during on-water turtle search  and rescue operations.  Stranding locations are collected and verified in  the field by a network of  responders and on-water turtle search and  rescue operations are conducted by  NOAA, the Florida Fish and Wildlife  Conservation Commission and other partners.  This data is being provided  for reporting and response purposes related to the  oil spill that  followed the explosion of the Deepwater Horizon platform in the  northern  Gulf of Mexico.

    Cumulative Marine Mammals & Sea Turtle strandings 04/30/2010 - 07/22/2010: http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?pid=139125&id=110343182342792

    "Would you eat the fish coming from  these areas?
    From one day to the next, one third of the  fishing zone has been re-opened for business, because "over flight  investigations" have not detected any "visible oil". Dispersed oil however,  remains in the water column and that is where the fish swim and travel over  great distances. Water samples can take up to 10 days before the data is  released, so the areas open today might have been poisoned yesterday. Who wants  to take that risk?

    "What's left is only the hope that fish  learn to read or watch the latest updates for unsafe areas".
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