Galveston County officials release updated map of safety zones for oil spill

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by KHOU.com staff

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Posted on March 26, 2014 at 2:26 PM

Updated Thursday, Mar 27 at 5:06 AM

TEXAS CITY, Texas — Officials released an updated map Wednesday detailing the safety zones as efforts to clean up Saturday’s oil spill continues in the Galveston area.

Click here to view a high-resolution version of the map.

According to the Galveston County Health District and the Texas Department of State, the Unified Command, recreational boating and fishing is still open. However, general mariners are not allowed to operate in the safety zone without permission due to portions of Galveston Bay and offshore areas experiencing floating oil.

Fishermen are advised to avoid sheen or floating oil outside the safety zone if encountered and to report it.

Officials said mariners outside the safety zones have no restrictions on their movement or activities.

Oiled commercial fishing vessels currently anchored or moored within the safety zone must be cleared by the incident command post prior to movement.

Unfouled commercial fishing vessels may transit the safety zone, but no fishing activities are permitted within the safety zone.

Deep draft vessels will continue to coordinate movement through the Vessel Traffic Service.

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