The Reuters Environment Forum blog has an interesting insider’s account about how the BP oil spill is affecting fishing in the Gulf of Mexico. Ed Stoddard writes that 25 percent of the Gulf of Mexico is now closed to fishermen. But some recreational fishing guides are still taking clients out to fish.
Several of the guides I spoke to said there were still inshore areas open to fishing though one said, “We have to work harder for the fish because the good areas we normally go to are closed.” Some grumbled that the media coverage was obscuring this fact.
Guide Jeff Fuscia , while loading his 24-foot (7-1/2 meter) boat onto a trailer, told me on Friday his clients that morning had taken their limit of five redfish each and had released several more. But another guide told me while fueling up his large boat that he was going out 130 miles (215 kms) to get well beyond the restrictions.