NOAA to Re-open One-Third of Closed Gulf Fishing Area

NEW ORLEANS — NOAA will re-open 26,388 square miles of Gulf waters to commercial and recreational fishing on Thursday. The reopening of a third of the overall closed area was announced after consultation with FDA and under a re-opening protocol agreed to by NOAA, the FDA, and the Gulf states.

Coast Guard determines Cocoa Beach, Fla., tar balls not related to BP Deepwater oil spill

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – The Coast Guard Marine Safety Laboratory in New London, Conn., has analyzed oil samples collected Wednesday from Cocoa Beach, Fla., and results confirm the samples do not match the BP Deepwater oil spill.

Admiral Allen Officially Retires from the Coast Guard

WASHINGTON — Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano today commended Admiral Thad Allen on his exemplary career in the U.S. Coast Guard. Admiral Allen officially retired from the Coast Guard today; he will continue his duties as the National Incident Commander of the BP oil spill.

NOAA Expands Fishing Closed Area in Gulf of Mexico

NOAA has expanded the closed fishing area in the Gulf of Mexico to include portions of the oil slick moving beyond the area’s current northern boundary, off the Florida panhandle’s federal-state waterline. This boundary was moved eastward to Cape San Blas.

NOAA Reopens More Than 8,000 Square Miles of Fishing Area in Gulf of Mexico

WASHINGTON — NOAA has opened more than 8,000 square miles of previously closed fishing area in the Gulf of Mexico, because the agency has not observed oil in the area. The most significant opening is an area due south of Mississippi which was closed Monday, June 21.

NOAA Expands Closed Fishing Area in Gulf of Mexico

WASHINGTON– NOAA has expanded the closed fishing area in the Gulf of Mexico to include areas where the oil slick is moving beyond the current boundaries off of the Florida panhandle and due south of Mississippi.

Admiral Allen Establishes Deputy Incident Commanders for Alabama, Mississippi and Florida

WASHINGTON — At the authorization of the President and Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, National Incident Commander Admiral Thad Allen has directed the establishment of three Deputy Incident Commanders to lead oil impact mitigation and cleanup efforts in Alabama, Mississippi and Florida.

Admiral Allen Provides Guidance to Ensure Expedited Jones Act Waiver Processing

WASHINGTON — National Incident Commander Admiral Thad Allen today announced the development of specific guidance to ensure accelerated processing of requests for Jones Act waivers should they be received as a part of the BP oil spill response.

Incident Command Post Activated for Florida Peninsula for Deepwater Horizon/BP Oil Spill

MIAMI – Representatives from the U.S. Coast Guard, U.S. Department of the Interior, Florida Department of Environmental Protection, and BP have stood up a Florida Peninsula Command Post in Miami Thursday.