Legal Expert: Florida Keys fishing industry may be “devastated for eight to 15 years”

Fishing firms prepare to file BP claims, Orlando Sentinel, July 28, 2010:

The biggest concern for fishermen may be the future, especially if they’ve settled with Feinberg and agreed not to pursue further damages, the lawyers say.

“Lobstering and stonecrabbing, mackerels – the larvae and eggs get processed right through the area where the oil is. We could be talking an industry that’s devastated for eight to 15 years,” [Andy Yaffa, partner at the law firm retained by the Florida Keys Commercial Fishermen’s Association] said.

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