BOSTON -- October 26, 2012 -- Hurricane Sandy is expected to stir up New England waters within the
next few days, potentially causing trouble for the state’s already
fragile lobster business.
High seas and strong winds will disrupt business and could damage
costly gear, said Bill Adler, executive director of the Massachusetts
“You just don’t know what it’s going to be like,” Adler said. “The traps can get banged up, moved, destroyed.”
Many lobsterman are bringing in their traps or running them into
deeper water to prevent them from being tossed among waves or thrashed
into rocks, he said.
“A lot of the gear has been brought in rather than chance it out
there, but I don’t think everyone can bring all of their gear in,” Adler
Lobstermen are also securing their boats to minimize damage from the approaching storm.
Those keeping their boats secured to a mooring are adding extra
lines, while the lobstermen braving the storm on the seas might add an
extra anchor, he said.
“Some guys will try to go into a marina and put a lot of ropes on,
but if it’s really bad you got the boat rubbing up against the dock
which can cause damage,” Adler said.
Most commercial fishermen are out on the seas today hoping to get
some last minute fishing in before the waters turn ugly, said Nancy
Civetta, spokeswoman for the Cape Cod Commercial Hook Fishermen’s
“It’s not going to be a fishing day for most of the days next week,” Civetta said.
Most fishermen aren’t too worried and will ride out the storm in a harbor if the winds get too rough, she said.
“From a fisherman’s perspective, it’s not that different from a winter nor’easter,” Civetta said.
Talk of Hurricane Sandy brought Adler back to Oct. 30, 1991, when the
“perfect storm” wreaked havoc along the New England coastline.
The storm hit the state’s lobster business so hard that Adler went to
the governor at the time to get a disaster declaration and government
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