Keeping Track of Oil Movements
Winds are forecast to be relatively weak (5-8 knots) and predominantly SW/W through Thursday, then become NW at 6-9 knots on Friday. Trajectories indicate continued movement of the slick to the NE over the next few days. Eastward alongshore currents will continue to move the oil east along the Florida coast. Coastal regions between Dauphin Island, AL and Panama City, Florida are threatened by shoreline contacts within this forecast period. A morning overflight reported scattered sheens and tarballs south of the Chandeleur Islands; this region is also threatened by shoreline contacts within this forecast period.
NOAA modified the commercial and recreational fishing closure in the oil-affected portions of the Gulf of Mexico today. See the Southeast Fishery Bulletin, June 16, 2010 for map and information. The closure measures 80,806 sq mi (209,286 sq km), or about 33% 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. 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.
To see the map of the most recent closure click here.