Fishing resumes along the Orange County coast two months after the oil spill

Fishing could resume along the Orange County coast Tuesday afternoon, after the California Department of Fish and Wildlife decided it was safe to eat seafood taken from waters after the oil spill in early October.

appreciate 25,000 gallons of crude oil leaked Into the ocean from a torn pipeline off the coast of Huntington Beach. Viscous black crude oil washes ashore along shores across southern California, and the shoreline of Orange County Closed for leisure and commercial activitiesincluding surfing, swimming and fishing.

The return of fishing is a relief to many, including Katrina Foley, superintendent of Orange County, which includes the coastal towns of Huntington Beach and Newport Beach.

“This oil spill immediately halted the operations of many small businesses in our community whose livelihoods depend on the ability to fish off the coast of Southern California,” Foley said in a statement. “The business owners I’ve had the honor to hear about in the past few months are resilient, and I hope overcoming this last hurdle will eventually help them get back on their feet.”

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