By Houston Business Journal

Omega Protein Corp. has filed a claim with BP Plc to be reimbursed for costs and lost profits resulting from the Deepwater Horizon incident.

The Houston-based producer of Omega-3 fish oil and specialty fish meal products said that between April and July 9, it had caught just 68 percent of the fish that it caught last year during the same 12-week period.

The companyâ¿¿s ability to operate its Gulf of Mexico fishing fleet has still been unable to move around unrestricted as a result of federal and state closures of fishing grounds due to the Gulf of Mexico oil spill.

In response, Omega Protein (NYSE: OME) has deployed its vessels among its various Gulf facility locations to avoid the restricted areas and temporarily ceased fishing with certain vessels from time to time.

In May, the company relocated its Moss Point fleet after the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries closed the fishing grounds east of the Mississippi River Delta.

The Deepwater Horizon rig, owned by Transocean Ltd. (NYSE: RIG), exploded on April 20, killing 11 workers. The rig sank two days later and had been leaking massive amounts of oil into the Gulf of Mexico until July 15 when a cap placed over the ruptured well halted the flow of oil.

The Houston Business Journal is providing continuous coverage of the Gulf oil spill.

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