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Hurricane Michael Hits Seafood Supplies, Could Cause Price Increases

3:15 PM, Oct 23, 2018

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Chloe Nordquist

Hurricane Michael did some real damage to the Florida panhandle, and it hit seafood suppliers in that area pretty hard.

Hurricane Michael Hits Seafood Supplies, Could Cause Price Increases

“There was a lot of fish that comes from up there,” Dennis Henderson, the owner of Trico Shrimp Company in Fort Myers Beach, said. “As far as I know, I know very few boats that are able to fish. They are all destroyed or torn up pretty bad. They have to get repaired before they can get back out.”

The oyster houses up there were destroyed. Many are just now getting back in operation.

Henderson has been in the business for 40 years and has seen how hurricanes impact the industry.

“Shrimp isn’t affected by the hurricane as much as the other fisheries, except for it seems like a lot of times when the hurricanes go through, shrimping gets better,” Henderson said.

However since Hurricane Michael hit, things have changed.

Dennis gets his oysters from Apalachicola and experts expect prices to skyrocket.

For now, he said many people in the business have to get their supplies in other places until things clear up.

“A hurricane that went up there like Michael, it will probably take months before we even know what the outcome to that’s going to be,” he said. “It’s going to be like it has been for years. It’s going to be up, down, and all around.”

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