Almost one-third of fishing grounds in Gulf federal waters closed

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Almost one-third of federal waters in the Gulf of Mexico is closing to commercial and recreational fishing because of the oil spill.

The National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration expanded the area by 5 percent Tuesday. NOAA says as of 6 p.m. EDT Tuesday that nearly 76,000 square miles would be off-limits because of oil spreading from the Deepwater Horizon disaster. That's more than 31 percent of federal Gulf waters.

The irregular shape ban extends from Atchafalaya Bay, La., east to a point about 200 miles west of Naples, Fla., and then bending south.