Legal Expert: Florida Keys fishing industry may be “devastated for eight to 15 years”

Thursday, July 29, 2010
By Paul Martin
July 29th, 2010

Fishing firms prepare to file BP claims, Orlando Sentinel, July 28, 2010:

The biggest concern for fishermen may be the future, especially if they’ve settled with Feinberg and agreed not to pursue further damages, the lawyers say.

“Lobstering and stonecrabbing, mackerels – the larvae and eggs get processed right through the area where the oil is. We could be talking an industry that’s devastated for eight to 15 years,” [Andy Yaffa, partner at the law firm retained by the Florida Keys Commercial Fishermen’s Association] said.

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