Biloxi, MS (AP) - Recreational and commercial fishing in Mississippi waters is open, including charter fishing and recreational and commercial crabbing.
While NOAA Fisheries Services has restricted fishing through May 17 in federal waters off the Mississippi Sound, state officials said Sunday that the closure does not affect Mississippi waters.
State officials say they want to let consumers know that any fish or seafood available for commercial sale, for example fish in grocery stores, comes from non-contaminated waters and is safe to buy and eat.
The state department of health says regulatory processes already in place would make it highly unlikely for fish contaminated by the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico to make its way into the commercial market.
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