On June 13, 2010, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission closed 23 miles of the state's coastline out of concerns for the health risks associated with oil-contaminated water and fish resulting from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. A federal ban on fishing in the same area had already been created in reaction to the ecological disaster. The state's inland waters remain open to commercial fishing, while coastline will remain indefinitely closed. The federal government also responded to the spill by suspending the issuing of permits to drill deepwater wells for a period of six months.
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