|Published:||Jun 03, 2010 5:07 AM EDT|
|Updated:||Jun 02, 2010 10:24 PM EDT|
LEE COUNTY, Fla. - Fishing has now been banned near Southwest Florida waters. It is because portions of the slick are moving beyond current boundaries.
So what does this mean for local fisherman and seafood restaurants? Fishermen and shrimpers said it is not a good day and restuarants said they will feel the affects of this new ban in days.
A fish was just brought into the Prawnbroker Restaurant and Fish Market a day ago. The boat it arrived on, was not able to go out today because the no fishing area in the gulf has grown.
"I think by next week we're going to be eating a lot of New England fish and Atlantic fish."
So now, customers are eating what they can, but for shrimpers... it's a different story.
"We're outta work. It's as simple as that. Everything is day by day for us now."
"This is unbelievable. I don't know what we're going to do if we have to stop all these boats from fishing. That's our prime fishing grounds."
Before the ban was extended, business was the best it's ever been.
"The price of our shrimp was going up. There were no shrimp in the northern gulf, so they were coming to this area to get shrimp."
Now, the boats will have to stay closer to home - further away from their livelihood.
"I don't know what we're going to do ... I don't know what we're going to do. It's going to have long-term lasting effects on the entire fishing industry - recreational and commercial."
Which translates into trouble at places like the Prawnbroker.
"There's going to be a problem. Eventually this is all going to get shut down."
Seafood eaters should not be worried. It is all good - and will continue to be safe to eat because of the fishing bans.