The start of stone crab season reveals the vulnerability of a local commercial fishing industry devastated by Hurricane Ian.
While the first traps were pulled from the Gulf of Mexico on Saturday for the annual Oct. 15 start of the most-anticipated seafood season, many local fish markets remain offline because of hurricane damage.
Casey Streeter’s Island Seafood Co. locations on Matlacha and Sanibel are still closed after being seriously damaged by Ian, so his local fish markets are missing much more than stone crab season. “Our fish market there in Matlacha got wiped out, pretty hammered,” Streeter said. “In all reality, our infrastructure’s gone. We took a major hit.”
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