While authorities cited tests showing seafood caught along the coasts of Florida and Alabama found no obvious oil, dispersant or chemical smell, experts say the tests did not search for toxic heavy metals which can bioaccumulate up the food chain after major disasters like an oil spill.
The area covers 6,879 square miles (17,800 square kilometers) off the coasts of Florida and Alabama, and is the ninth reopening of waters since the spill, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) said in a statement on Friday.
The question of when seafood from the area affected by the Gulf catastrophe will actually be safe to eat is still very much up in the air.
These tests which have been performed are no where near thorough enough to honestly make the declaration that the seafood harvested from here is actually "safe to eat": Obama and BP simply want the issue to go away for the election.
Were fish I was thinking about buying identified as coming from this region, I would probably say "no thanks" for quite some time to come.