Fort Myers Beach, Fla - The owner of Erickson and Jensen Seafood company on Ft. Myers Beach says local fisherman stand to lose $100 million in business should oil make its way to Southwest Florida.
The crew of the Double-E arrived Wednesday morning after spending more than a month on the water catching shrimp. The fishing vessel made its way up toward the Apalachicola area and caught more than 34,000 pounds of fresh shrimp.
They set sail days after the oil rig explosion, but their trip was threatened almost weekly as federal officials continued to expand its no fishing zone in the wake of the spill. More than a third of the Gulf of Mexico is off limits.
The ship's captain tells WINK News that its satisfied with their catch but, warned until the leak is capped and the spill contained the threat of going out of business is very real.
The Double-E and its crew will set sail again in July, but exactly where remains up the air.
The owner says the wait and see approach is already costing them money in terms of fuel costs.