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Fishing suspended near oil spill

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US officials have suspended commercial and recreational fishing for at least ten days in federal waters tainted by the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) said the affected waters are largely between Louisiana State waters at the mouth of the Mississippi River to Florida's Pensacola Bay.

NOAA Administrator Jane Lubchenco said in a statement: "Balancing economic and health concerns, this order closes just those areas that are affected by oil.

"There should be no health risk in seafood currently in the marketplace."

There are fish, crabs, oyster and shrimp near the spill and officials are working to prohibit harvesting from affected areas, NOAA said.