Louisiana’s Seafood Infrastructure Under Water from Rash of Hurricanes

On August 29, 2021 Hurricane Ida blasted ashore along the Louisiana coast almost complete destroying everything in its path.  Infrastructure was hard hit, especially infrastructure vital to Louisiana’s $2.4 billion seafood industry.  Four months later little has changed, and the state’s fishermen, docks, processors, fish houses and restaurants are wondering if it will ever return.

Infrastructure is the basic system undergirding the structure of the economy.  The term refers to the physical systems of a business, region, or nation. They tend to be capital intensive and high-cost investments, and are vital to economic development and prosperity.

Ida’s destruction of infrastructure included transportation systems, communication networks, sewage, water, and electric systems, but for the seafood industry it also include boats, docks, processing plants, icehouses and cold storage facilities.

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