(CNN) -- Nearly 7,000 more square miles of fishing waters were reopened in the Gulf of Mexico on Friday, leaving only 7 percent of federal waters in the region still closed to fishing operations, authorities said.
The ninth reopening since July 22 reflects continued progress on the cleanup in the aftermath of the April BP oil spill. Officials, however, caution much work remains.
"We are guardedly optimistic," said Roy Crabtree, Southeast regional administrator for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Fisheries Service.
The commercial and recreational waters reopened Friday are nearly 200 nautical miles south of the Florida Panhandle, between the Florida-Alabama state line and Cape San Blas, Florida, federal response officials said.
Federal testing of seafood from opened fishing areas has not shown any problems.
"Tourists and consumers should know most Gulf waters are open for fishing and seafood from these waters is safe to eat," said Jane Lubchenco, NOAA's administrator.PLEASE GO TO THE LINK:
http://edition.cnn.com/2010/US/10/15/gulf.oil.waters/***NOTE FROM ANITA:
This article is a sham and nothing more than lies, disinfo and propaganda and now these bastards want to guarantee Central and South Florida's winter-time tourism dollars. A sniff and smell test of small samples of seafood is simply not enough precautionary measures to convince me to continue eating it. There is no known test for the presence of Corexit and other dispersants in seafood.