In a bit of much needed good news along the Gulf of Mexico, the NOAA has decided to re-open the waters for fishing.
This probablt is way too little too late for a lot of families that make their living in the gulf, but it is a step in the right direction! At least, in my opinion!
26,000 square miles of Gulf reopened to fishing© 2010 The Associated Press
July 22, 2010, 6:17PM
NEW ORLEANS — The government is allowing commercial and recreational fishing again in roughly one third of the waters it had closed because of the BP oil spill.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said the area that reopened Thursday is 26,388 square miles of federal waters in the Gulf.
The administration said that since mid-June, no oil had been found in the area. Additionally, projections of where the oil might go in the future shows a low risk of the area being hit.
NOAA also says fish caught in the area and tested have shown no signs of contamination.
Commerce Secretary Gary Locke says that the reopening provides important assurance that seafood is safe and protects the Gulf seafood brand.
Now, if we could get BP to honor it's claim to pay the folks that were all but destroyed by this disaster, then just maybe the folks most affected by the oil spill could get on with the daily routine of trying to survive!
Hey, things could be worse! The White House could be coming to Texas for their August vacation, instead of going to Florida! Right?
Coffee in the kitchen this morning, my friends. Seems that it's raining again here in Houston!