New Fishing Boundary Moves West Along Louisiana's Coast
All commercial and recreational fishing including catch and release is prohibited in the closed area; however, transit through the area is allowed. The new closure measures 81,181 square miles (210,259 square kilometers) and covers about 34% of the Gulf of Mexico exclusive economic zone. The majority of federal waters in the Gulf of Mexico are open to commercial and recreational fishing. Modeling and mapping the actual and projected spill area is not an exact science. NOAA Fisheries Service strongly advises fishermen not to fish in areas where oil or oil sheens (very thin layers of floating oil) are present, even if those areas are not currently closed to fishing. Any changes to the closure are announced daily at 12 p.m. Eastern at sero.nmfs.noaa.gov
and take effect at 6 p.m. Eastern the same day.
Strong E winds are forecast to persist into Sunday then transition to persistent SE winds through next week with speeds of 10-15 knots. Due to the northwest movement of the slick over the past several days, the coastlines of Mississippi, Alabama, and the Florida Panhandle west of Pensacola continue to be threatened by shoreline contacts. An overflight today to western Mississippi Sound saw light sheens near Horn and Ship Island, but no oil further to the west. With strong easterly winds, the Chandeleur Islands, Breton Sound, and the Mississippi Delta also continue to be threatened. Only scattered sheens have been observed on recent overflights to the west of the Delta - strong westward currents will transport these sheens rapidly to the west. Models suggest more oil may be moved west of the Delta threatening shorelines as far west as Caillou Bay within this forecast period.OR&R's modeling team continues to generate daily trajectories for the nearshore surface oil. The offshore trajectory maps (previously displayed on this page, showing oil interacting with the Loop Current) have been temporarily suspended because the northern end of the Loop Current has been pinched off into a large eddy (Eddy Franklin) so there is no clear path for oil to enter the Loop Current from the source. Also, there have been no reports of recoverable oil in the Loop Current or Eddy Franklin and the oil has moved to the North and away from the Eddy Franklin. We will continue to monitor the area with overflights, vessel observations, and satellite analysis. When the threat of shoreline impacts to the Florida Keys increases, we will resume producing the offshore trajectory maps.The Loop Current is an area of warm water that comes up from the Caribbean, flowing past the Yucatan Peninsula and into the Gulf of Mexico. It generally curves east across the Gulf and then flows south parallel to the west Florida coast. An eddy is water that rotates.