Clarity has been achieved, via this LA Times posting.
Federal authorities on Tuesday expanded the no fishing zone associated with the BP oil spill to encompass 19% of the Gulf of Mexico. The closure now totals 45,728 square miles, extending southeast from the blowout site in the shape of a dog leg.
So at 45,000-plus miles, the no fishing zone is ONLY twice as large as Lake Michigan.
While this is obviously less than the 6.7 times I originally estimated, it doesn’t make me feel any better.