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This blog is an opportunity for me to share with you my extension outreach efforts and useful information to make you a more informed coastal citizen. If you have any questions about what you see, feel free to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
I was just sent this press release from NOAA regarding Gulf seafood safety that I thought you'd find interesting.
Dear NOAA Fisheries Stakeholders:
NOAA continues to re-test seafood from the Gulf of Mexico to demonstrate to American and worldwide consumers, that it is safe to eat. NOAA announced today that it will continue this retesting into the summer and that sampling in the last closed area is underway. "Gulf seafood is consistently passing FDA's safety tests by a wide margin," said Eric Schwaab, NOAA's Administrator in charge of NOAA's Fisheries Service. "We are continuing to test, and we are making the data available to the public so they can make fully informed purchasing decisions."
The nearly 500 samples in the two rounds of post-opening testing are comprised of more that 4,300 fish and shrimp, since a sample consists of multiple individuals. They are a representative sample of the commercially and recreationally important fish in the Gulf, and cover the 87,481 square miles of the Gulf that have been reopened to fishing. The specific locations, dates of sampling, species type, and test results are available publicly for each of the samples (scroll down the page). Read full announcement here.
Bryan Fluech is the Florida Sea Grant Extension Agent for Collier County. His responsibilities include planning, developing, implementing and evaluating comprehensive marine and natural resource educational programs that focus on marine fisheries,seafood safety and sustainability, environmental stewardship, and marine education. Bryan conducts issue-based educational programs through workshops, conferences, publications and electronic media for various audiences that are associated with the recreational and commercial fishing sector, including fishing groups, marine and coastal resource users, marine management agencies, public and private organizations, youth groups and educational institutions.