NOAA modifies fishing closure-moves it west AWAY from the Florida Keys

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Click here for the new map and more information: Southeast Fishery Bulletin

Oil Sheen, Tar Balls Forecast to Remain Offshore of Keys.  Click here for NEWS FLASH from the Monroe County Tourist Development Council.

  • The Florida Keys are fully open to visitors.
  • Currently, there are no advisories recommending against travel to the Florida Keys or any other precautions advising visitors and residents not to engage in fishing, diving, swimming or other water sports, according to the Monroe County Health Department.
  • There have been no physical impacts to the Florida Keys from the Gulf oil spill and none are anticipated in the immediate near future, according to NOAA trajectory forecasts.
  • Florida Keys-caught seafood is safe to eat.
  • According to officials at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the U.S. Coast Guard, if the Florida Keys get any effects from the non-contiguous patches of oil sheen currently in the Gulf Loop Current, they are expected to be in the form of small tar balls, not large amounts of aqueous oil as seen near the spill site.
  • NOAA oil slick trajectory maps for Sunday, June 6, forecast the southeastern edge of non-contiguous patches of colorless oil sheen to be about 125 miles to the northwest of Key West.
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