Jes Hathaway is the editor in chief of National Fisherman magazine and NationalFisherman.com.
Wednesday, 29 August 2012
Seven years from the day Hurricane Katrina wreaked havoc on the Gulf Coast, Hurricane Isaac is back to test the fortified levees in and around New Orleans.
So far, flood waters are breaching 18 miles of levees in Plaquemines Parish, where many oyster boats were hurrying to return to port ahead of the storm earlier this week. Local schools have been closed since Monday, which also marked the start of an evacuation order for the East Bank and lower West Bank of the parish. Isaac is churning over Louisiana, moving very slowly and threatening to cause deep flooding.
The fall shrimp season opened on Aug. 13 in Louisiana's inshore waters and will likely run through December. It has been predicted to be a strong season for shrimpers, on the heels of two weak seasons, and it's also the time to catch more valuable white shrimp.
A successful season is critical to many fishermen on the Gulf Coast right now.
Our hearts go out to the families in this region, who are still recovering from Katrina and the gulf oil spill. We can only hope and pray that when the skies clear, the damage will be minimal and surmountable.
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