Seafood industry hit hard by COVID-19 pandemic
During the stay at home orders, commercial fishing was defined as an essential business, but that didn’t help many local fishermen sell their product.
Our local seafood industry has been hit extremely hard during this global pandemic and that’s just adding on to the list of other environmental factors local fishermen have been facing for the last several years.
When the restaurants were shut down, local fishermen say that took a large portion of their consumers away. Even though restaurants are now open, fishermen are still trying to catch up.
Now professionals in the seafood industry are asking everyone to shop local for their foods. Oyster Farmer Chris Rhodes said, “I believe that when you go to a restaurant and you eat I think you should find it very important that you ask where your seafood is coming from. Normally they will tell you ‘I got it from a distributor,’ and I think that question needs to be asked more. I think Mississippi product is some of the best and safest to eat in the world and I can’t wait to be known as the seafood capital of the world again.”
You can find fresh seafood on many of the docks around the Coast including the one behind the Hard Rock Café.