Canoe and Kayak Rental Businesses Losing their Shirts in the Gulf

Wednesday, 02 June 2010
As you know things are bad down in the Gulf and both the environment and tourism are taking a huge hit.

I saw this quote and it really puts things in perspective:
[blockquote]"I got a yard full of kayaks on a holiday [weekend]. I haven't rented out a kayak or camp space since the oil gusher. That's 40 days without a dime," said Jim King, 63, who owns a Grand Isle campground and kayak rental business.

"They won't let us use our water," he said.
Kayak fishing (and fishing in general) is hugly very popular in that area. According to the 2008 NOAA Fisheries Report, there are over six million salt water anglers taking 45 million fishing trips a year in the Gulf. Below is a snapshot (as of today) highlighting the areas now closed to fishing by the Louisiana government.

Louisiana fishing map of closed areas.

My guess is that things are going to get a lot darker before they lighter.
David Johnston

David Johnston

David Johnston has been introducing people to the sport of sea kayaking for the past 15 years. He is a senior instructor trainer with Paddle Canada and teaches for several paddling schools in Ontario, Canada. Full Bio.

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