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Gulf Of Mexico Officially Declared A National Fisheries Disaster

The federal government officially declared the Gulf of Mexico a fisheries disaster Tuesday evening, closing all fisheries in the area.

Deepwater Horizon oil spill

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The U.S. Coast Guard at the scene of the Deepwater Horizon oil incident on April 21, 2010.

The federal government officially declared the Gulf of Mexico a fisheries disaster Tuesday evening, closing all fisheries in the area.

The disaster area, now covering more that 22 percent of the federal waters in the Gulf, was expanded from the previous disaster declaration of Louisiana, Alabama, and Mississippi.

Fishing for commercial or recreational purposes is prohibited in closed areas.

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Megan Meyer

Megan Meyer was in the company of foodies for most of her formative years. She spent all of her teens working at her town's natural food co-op in South Dakota, and later when she moved to Minneapolis, worked as a produce maven for the nation's longest running collectively-managed food co-op. In 2006, she had the distinct pleasure (and pain) of participating the vendanges, or grape harvest, in the Beaujolais terroire of France, where she developed her compulsion to snip off grape clusters wherever they may hang. In the spring of 2008, Megan interned on NPR's Science Desk in Washington, D.C., where she aided in the coverage of science, health and food policy stories. She joined Indiana Public Media in June, 2009.

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