Waters off Pensacola reopened to saltwater fishing

Published: Sunday, August 1, 2010 at 8:17 a.m.
Last Modified: Sunday, August 1, 2010 at 8:17 a.m.

PENSACOLA - Florida authorities have reopened the waters off Escambia County to saltwater fishing after closing them in June as a precautionary measure because of the oil spill.

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission said the 23-mile area was reopened Saturday after laboratory analyses of fish confirmed they are safe and oil-free.

The agency said the tests were conducted under supervision of the Food and Drug Administration and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. The samples passed all standards for safe consumption.

The area will remain closed to the harvest of shrimp and crabs as additional tests are conducted.

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