Tar Balls Force NOAA to Close 4,200 Square Miles of Gulf Waters to Royal Red Shrimping

Gulf Coast Shrimper Photo from FlickrNOAA has closed 4,213 square miles of Gulf of Mexico federal waters off Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama to royal red shrimping. The precautionary measure was taken after a commercial shrimper, having hauled in his catch of the deep water shrimp, discovered tar balls in his net. Fishing for royal red shrimp is conducted by pulling fishing nets across the bottom...