Hurricane Ida Devastates Louisiana Seafood Industry, Infrastructure Completely Destroyed

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Water covers the docks and plant of Dean Blanchard Seafood on Grand Isle lay devastated by Hurricane Ida. Blanchard’s. Photo: WXChasing

by Ed Lallo/Gulf Seafood News Editor

Hurricane Ida has left a path of destruction through Louisiana, and in that path was seafood community after seafood community. As people across southeastern Louisiana began to take in the scale of damage, the task has been severely hindered by widespread power outages and limited phone service.

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Wildlife Agent loads a handicapped woman in a wheelchair on his boat during a rescue in LaPlace, LA. Photo: Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries

Ater landing at near-category 5 hurricane strength, Hurricane Ida made landfall with an immense storm surge riveting through coastal areas with winds gusting up to 172 miles per hour.

According to a statement by Louisiana Sea Grant’s Thomas Hymel, “docks in Dulac were heavily damaged, as well as Lafourche and Terrabonne parishes.”

Montegut fisherman Lance Nacio told Gulf Seafood News, fishermen and their families are in need of fuel and water.  “Roads are just clearing. Its bad here, really bad,” he said. “A majority of the boats made it through the storm, but the seafood communities infrastructure and homes have been severely damaged.”

“Living in the Gulf of Mexico means living with hurricanes,” said Gulf Seafood Foundation President Raz Halli.  “During Katrina our organization, know then as Friends of the Fishermen, raised more than a million dollars to rebuild ice houses and other infrastructure, as well as people lives and communities.  The need is just as great now, if not greater.  We have to meet our goal of a million dollars for fishermen that are some of the last to be rescued.”

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Wildlife Agents rescue in LaPlace. Photo: Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries

Between tears Jim Gossen, a stalwart in the Louisiana seafood community, said his “Little Piece of Paradise” on Grand Isle was completely destroyed.  “I’m lucky the camp was a second home, but for others on the island it was their only home.  Right now it is not about getting back to fishing, right now it is about mending the lives of families so eventually they can fish again.”

“In the last two years we have had five hurricanes touch our state,” said Hymel, ” But Ida stuck at the  heart of the Louisiana seafood industry, and it is more destructive than Katrina 16-years ago. The fishing industry has taken a beating, Grand Isle has complete blew apart.  Right now it is about rescue, getting people a place to live.  Later we will dive in and do what we know how to do, having done it time after time after time.”

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Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Wildlife Agents start search and rescue in Lafitte in the aftermath of Hurricane Ida. Photo: Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries

 

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About the Author: Ed Lallo is the editor of Gulf Seafood News and CEO of Newsroom Ink, an online brand journalism agency. He is also owner of Lallo Photography based in Chapel Hill, NC. .

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