Gulf Oil Spill
9:22 pm
Wed May 19, 2010

NOAA Extending Fishing Ban

New Orleans, La. – NOAA Administrator Jane Lubchenco says almost 46,000 square miles is now off limits. Food and Drug Administration inspectors will test fish in the region.

"The plan includes sampling seafood from inside and outside the closed areas as well as dockside and market-based sampling."

The latest areas closed off are near a loop current that hooks into the Gulf Stream south of Florida. Lubchenco says it's "increasingly likely" that the oil spill will enter the loop, and could be in the Florida straights in just over a week. She said NOAA is studying ways to better track oil moving under water, not just the surface spill.
For NPR News, I'm Eileen Fleming in New Orleans.