Local Fisherman Struggle at the Pumps Due to High Gas Prices

By: Jerry Askin Email
By: Jerry Askin Email

About $600 is how much Kevin Pitts says it takes to fuel up his boat. With the gas prices on the rise, and fewer fish along the shore, many local fisherman say they've had to cut back on trips because they say they can't afford to go out on trips and come back with nothing.

Commercial Fisherman Kevin Pitts say, "I mean we can go out and make a good check, but you come home and after expenses are paid, you're stuck making barely minimum wage."

I drove through Apalachicola looking for fishermen to tell their story about the high gas prices, and many of them I was told had given up on fishing - at least for a while.

Not only are local fishermen being hit hard at the pumps, but also waterfront fuel companies along the coast.

Jeff Roland works at a fuel company in Apalachicola and he says he continues to see a decline in business over the past few months. And says his fuel company is barely surviving.

Roland says, "It affects us because it really cuts our waterfront business down - and mostly what we're fueling is trucks, and we need a little of both of it to really keep this business going."

And as for Kevin Pitts, he's staying positive and praying that the prices will go down soon so he can get back on his boat and make more money.

Pitts says, "I just keep trying, hopefully things will get better, hopefully."

Most fisherman say they've stopped altogether not only because of the gas prices, but due to the rough economy, the windy weather, and the after effects of the oil spill.

But they are optimistic and hope things will turn around soon so they can get back out of their boats and do what they love to do.


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