(NewsNation) — Florida prawns, already grappling with a struggling industry, are now facing more devastation after Hurricane Ian — and that could cost millions.
Jesse Clapham, of Erickson and Jensen Seafood, says his company makes $10 million a year from shrimp. Ian is a major setback for an industry that is already catching up, he said.
“You know we’ve been through a lot of hurricanes in the past, fuel prices, imported shrimp, and we just kept going,” Clapham said.
When the storm first hit, many fishermen took shelter in their boats.
“It’s bad, but you’ve seen one hurricane, you’ve seen it all,” Clapham said. “When you’re from Florida, you’ll get used to it.”
Bloomberg Report that because diesel prices have risen so high this year, ships are unable to go to Texas in April, as usual, where shrimp are more plentiful. When they lived in Florida, it put some of them directly in Hurricane Ian’s path.
Dozens of shrimp were huddled in their boat when Ian crashed into the state, Bloomberg wrote. After the eight-foot storm surge receded, Bloomberg said most of the ships had been hurled into the docks, and some hit buildings.
“We saw all the water rising up here … and the wind was starting to blow 155 mph,” said Kenny Washington of First Mate. “There’s nothing we can do.”
A prawn rider, Stephen Phelps, captain of the Penny V, said another boat fell on top of his boat, knocking the entire wheelhouse off, all the way to the top. paid off.
“This is my life, our livelihood and it’s completely gone,” he said.
Damage estimates for Ian range from $65 billion to $100 billion.
“We need help from the government or the state of Florida,” Clapham said.