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Fish Wash Up on Mississippi Shore

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Attorneys general representing Gulf Coast states are asking that a federal judge oversee BP's process for paying damages related to last year's massive oil spill.

Thousands of small dead fish have washed up on shore in Gulfport, The Sun Herald reported today.

The cause of the fish death is still unknown. Officials from Harrison County Emergency Management, Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality and Mississippi Department of Marine Resources are at the scene investigating the matter.

The Mississippi Joint Operations Center reported this morning that the cap BP placed on the leaking oil well has "achieved satisfactory pressure" and no additional oil is leaking into the Gulf. The Coast currently has 110.7 miles of oiled shoreline caused by the Deepwater Horizon disaster of April 20.

Directors from DMR and DEQ opened the state's marine waters to licensed live-bait shrimping and recreational fishing this morning. The waters are not open to commercial fishing or harvesting.

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