Local Fishermen Prepare for Hurricane Season

By: Dana Arquilla
By: Dana Arquilla

After last year's storms many fishermen are much more aware of the devastation on a personal and professional level, which is why one of the lessons learned was not how to push on, but when to pull out of a storm.

"It is the worst thing in our business, is hurricanes."

That's because Benji Kelley, along with other local fishermen, lose trips, boats and prime fishing holes, and it costs more than $1,000 each time a trip is cancelled.

Last year Kelley lost 27 trips.

"I can say last year was the one year I thought about getting out of it and doing something else."

But like many other fishermen, Kelley kept on. This year he says he's learned not to brave the waters once the winds hit more than 20 knots. This may mean seafood prices rise dollars extra per pound, or particular types of fish may not even be available.

"It'll be slack on our local fish because our local fisherman won't be able to get out, but we can go outside the area to supply us until we get our local fish back out,” says Wanda Cardenas of Cardena’s Seafood.

Usually it's only a matter of days before the fishermen brave the rough waters once again.

According to hurricane experts at Colorado State University, this year's hurricane season is expected to be as active, if not more, than last year’s.

Since fishing is a seasonal business, many fishermen are saving up now to prepare for the worst.


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