Fishing Closures due to the Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill

The closures of significant portions of GOM federal and state waters to commercial and recreational fishing and closures of beach resources to human uses due to GOMOS altered the recreation and consumption decisions of residents and tourists in affected communities. The changes in the flow of goods and services generated by the damaged natural resources affected not only households but also communities dependent on these natural resources.


Because of the oil spill, the NOAA Fisheries Service is prohibiting fishing in certain areas of the Gulf of Mexico as a precautionary measure to ensure public safety and assure consumer confidence in Gulf seafood. Source: NOAA Fisheries

Gulf of Mexico Federal Waters