May 13, 2010 – As the National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) expanded the boundaries of closed fishing areas in the Gulf, it seems more and more likely that the growing oil slick will devastate the fishing industry in the region.
The new area covers a massive section of the Gulf off the coast of Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama. NOAA officials made the decision as the oil slick hit land on the Chandeleur Islands of Louisiana and was headed toward the mainland of the state. The eventual extent of the devastation depends on how long the well continues to pump oil into the Gulf.
The fishing industry accounts for about one in 17 jobs in the region, and many small fishers are threatened with bankruptcy after only a small period of lost revenues. The Gulf accounts for nearly 20 percent of commercial U.S. fishing.
The destruction of the fishing industry will have far broader consequences. Susan Yenni, a waitress at Cafe Noire in Metairie, said she was afraid the destruction of the seafood industry would hurt the restaurants. “So much of the city is dependent on the seafood industry. The restaurants, the hotels; we’re all going to get hurt. The higher prices will get passed down, and many places will shut their doors.”
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