A year ago the price of diesel was
over 5-dollars a gallon. That summer of rising fuel prices forced boat owners
to make tough decisions about keeping their fishing operations afloat. And what
about this summer? Has a slight drop in the cost of fuel given fishermen any
Diana Gish has more:
A year ago everyone in the fishing
community was affected by the rise in fuel prices. In a story reported by KMXT
last summer long-time fisherman Dave Kubiak said that increased costs had
changed the whole face of fishing. Now that fuel prices are slightly lower this
year I asked Dave Kubiak if what he said still holds true.
-- (Kubiak 1 :19 "...what
As Kubiak says, the decrease in
market value effectively wipes out any potential savings in fuel costs.
-- (Kubiak 2 :20 "...not
in fuel alone, Kubiak's boat cost him $32 dollars an hour to operate.
-- (Kubiak 3 1:00 "...cost
him more for his fuel.")
Around this time last year
fishermen were modifying or downsizing their boats in response to the fuel
prices. Many were faced with tough choices about where and when to fish and
whether or not they could even continue. According to Kubiak the story's the
same this year.
-- (Kubiak 4 :43 "...have pulled the throttles back.")
I'm Diana Gish