By Andre Damon and CW Rogers in Louisiana
8 May 2010
The massive and growing oil slick in the Gulf of Mexico will likely devastate the fishing industry in the region, a key component of the overall economy.
On Friday, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration expanded the boundaries of the closed fishing area in response to the growing oil spill. The new area covers a broad swath of Gulf waters off the coast of Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama.
The decision came as the oil slick hit land on the Chandeleur Islands of Louisiana and was headed toward the mainland of the state. Parts of the slick have also approached the swampy areas of the Mississippi River.