State takes step after oil sightings

Associated Press - July 2, 2010 9:14 AM ET

BILOXI, Miss. (AP) - The Mississippi Sound is now completely closed to all commercial and recreational fishing.

On Thursday night, the state Department of Marine Resources and the Department of Environmental Quality closed the last open portion of Mississippi's territorial marine waters.

Any fish, shrimp, crabs or oysters caught in the closed area must be immediately returned to the waters. There is no catch and release fishing allowed in the closed area.

The precautionary closure is a result of oil sightings in this general area and the potential impacts on Mississippi's coastal marine resources.

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