Louisiana Receives $1.7B in Unexpected Federal Hurricane Relief

Four hurricanes and two tropical storms later, hard hit areas of Louisiana will be the recipient of an unexpected $1.7 billion in federal hurricane relief dollars. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), Gov. John Bel Edwards, U.S. Sen. Bill Cassidy and Rep. Garret Graves announced the new funding that provided a major infusion to the $600 million previously approved, raising to more than $1 billion the total amount of Community Development Block Grant-Disaster Recovery money available for recovery from these storms.

Louisiana’s Seafood Infrastructure Under Water from Rash of Hurricanes

December 27, 2021 Ed Lallo, Gulf Seafood News

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.

Louisiana Seafood Leaders Come Together After Hurricane Ida To Pave a Path Forward

“The purpose of this task force is to help the seafood industry recover from this historically damaging storm,” said Harlon Pearce of the Gulf Seafood Foundation.  “Twenty years ago after Hurricane Katrina we formed a similar group.  Our purpose today is to replicate the success we had then.”

On Their Ends: Years of Flooding and Catastrophic Storms Have Louisiana’s Seafood Industry on the Brink

October 12, 2021 KAYLEE POCHE, Gambit

Hurricane Ida capsized boats, obliterated equipment and buildings, and left many without usable running water. It’s left one of the state’s largest industries — worth an estimated $2.4 billion — in shambles and its workers uncertain about what the future holds.

Louisiana’s Struggling Seafood Industry Teetering After Ida

September 24, 2021 JAY REEVES, Associated Press

Louisiana’s oyster farmers, crabbers, shrimpers and anglers are nothing if not adaptable, producing millions of pounds of seafood annually, often in water that was dry land a generation ago. They’ve fought off a devastating oil spill, floods, changing markets and endless hurricanes just to stay in business.