In order to understand the magnitude and duration of the individual and joint economic impacts of recent natural and technological disasters to recreational and commercial fishing, aquaculture, and marine sectors, multi-year baseline economic information about each sector in all five Gulf states are currently being compiled from various secondary sources.
The Mississippi oyster industry underwent severe economic hardships due to the massive destruction and frequent closures of the state public reefs associated with natural and technological disasters since 2005. The absence of access to public reefs caused the shutdown of oyster harvesting activities and associated processing and distribution activities.
An assessment of seafood processors, dealers, marinas and live bait dealers are currently ongoing in Coastal Mississippi to determine the level of economic losses sustained as a result of Hurricane Gustav. The devastation by this hurricane has created an urgent and compelling need to complete damage assessments in the affected areas in as short a period as possible. The overall goal of this project is to assess the economic damages associated with Hurricane Gustav to the seafood processors, dealers, marinas and live bait dealers in Coastal Mississippi.
An assessment of seafood processing plants and seafood dealers, live bait boats and dealers, marinas, commercial fishing, for-hire charter, and recreational boating fleets was undertaken in Mississippi to determine the level of damage sustained as a result of Hurricane Katrina and Hurricane Rita. The devastation by these hurricanes has created an urgent and compelling need to complete damage assessments in the affected areas in as short a period as possible. Congress will be developing damage assistance programs for the Gulf region in the near future.