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Florida’s Fishing Community after the Spill

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Florida’s Fishing Community after the Spill, Honest Fare by Gabrielle Arnold

The whole country is paying close attention to what’s happening with the BP oil spill and down here in Florida we’re especially tuned in because of the proximity of the disaster.

There’s a lot of discussion about the safety of our seafood and the effect of the oil on the fishing community. A lot of fears and rumors. Everyone’s got an opinion. And what are we to think? Is seafood off the coast of the region safe? And what’s is the real impact on the fishing industry (an $80 million a year business)?


Dear friend/photographer/writer Ryan Marshall is on assignment in the Gulf reporting on the spill with a focus on the fishing community and what they’re doing to bounce back and keep up with demand.

The first in his series of reports was just published and you can read it here at Fast Company. Such a valuable account of what’s happening.

You can also see the photo essay here.

Great work, Ryan. Keep us posted.


  1. Posted June 10, 2010 at 8:06 PM | Permalink

    Wow. I love these pictures.

  2. Posted June 11, 2010 at 8:36 AM | Permalink

    Hi! I found you via the Food News Journal link. I’m also in Florida, about 2 hours north of you, and the oil spill is definitely on our minds up here as well. The photos of the fishermen are great, and it reminds us of that the impact is not just on the ocean but on the people who live and work off of it.

    Added you to my RSS feeder!

  3. Posted June 13, 2010 at 10:33 AM | Permalink

    Yes a sad story all around. I do love the photos on your post.

  4. Posted June 14, 2010 at 9:22 AM | Permalink

    I think this will be the last scallop season for a very long time.. assuming this season isn’t also ruined, which is a very real possibility.


  5. Posted June 23, 2010 at 7:41 PM | Permalink

    I’m a second generation Floridian, and I’ve rarely come across photos as poignant as these. Great post!

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