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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  • by jw Location: tally on Mar 6, 2011 at 07:35 AM
    YOU CAN NOT use a sail boat to do the kind of fishing he is talking about. Just can't do it.
  • by gulfstar Location: fl on Mar 5, 2011 at 05:36 AM
    There is no way Kevin pPitts is paying $13.33 per gallon of gas. That type of misinformation is what makes fishermen look ignorant. The economy and state of the fishing industry is in bad enough condition without the exaggerations of the "poor ole me" crowd.
  • by oilman Location: la on Mar 4, 2011 at 02:29 PM
    can you imagin how much money is mad off gas when the price goes up 5 cent a gallon. bp gets that 20 billion back every minute. and they want cheat the poor people out all they can. i wirked for these crooked tightwads for 12 years. boy gas come down 2 cent a gallon they will start looking for reasons to get rid of people.
  • by jerry Location: perry on Mar 4, 2011 at 02:24 PM
    i have heard storys from louisiana shrimpers saying they have sold their shrimp for 12 cent a pound. that is the problem in business the government can pull the rug out from under you.one year things are good the next bad. the same with farmeing. i think the crooks running the stock market has alot to do with it.
  • by inemployed Location: ga on Mar 4, 2011 at 02:19 PM
    it is a good thing i got a few possums in my yrd. BBQ possun sounding pretty good.
  • by Anonymous on Mar 4, 2011 at 01:41 PM
    Watcher makes a good point
  • by The Great White Whale Location: Gulf of Mexico on Mar 4, 2011 at 09:07 AM
    Bring it on Ahab. I like sail boats too.
  • by Ronnie on Mar 4, 2011 at 09:07 AM
    Good thing all those tomato farmers around Quincy don't think like B Smith or they would never spend all that money to plant and fertilize not knowing for sure that they would get a crop and sell it for a profit but he may be on to something,next time he needs milk and bread perhaps he should go to the store and pre pay it,then they can order it for him,that way they don't have to take a chance with their money either.
  • by watcher Location: nearby on Mar 4, 2011 at 08:40 AM
    It is not just the fishermen (and fisherwomen) that are being hurt with higher gasoline costs. It is hurting EVERYONE! There is not one single thing that you will purchase from now on that will not have a substantial price increase,,,food, medicine, building supplies, farm supplies, pet & livestock food, even the mail is going up as well. Everyone needs to plan and get ready for a 2 week boycott of buying EVERYTHING. The only way to get Congress to pay attention is to stop or slow the economy - which these higer fuel and food prices will do anyway. The "recovering" economy is about to tank AGAIN if they don`t restore regulations on oil and get oil pricing out of the hands of speculators and commodities traders.
  • by Lip Cheese on Mar 4, 2011 at 07:22 AM
    Filling the boat often includes bait, food, propane, etc. for an extended trip. Bait is not a can of worms, often a thousand pounds of stinky stuff. Propane for cooking, etc.
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