Long Island charter boat captains are still struggling in the wake of last year’s Superstorm Sandy, according to an article on Newsday.com.
The industry was already battling strict regulations and rising gas and bait prices. But Sandy struck another blow, destroying supplies and curbing customers’ spending. Fishing fleet owners applying for government aid say the process is painfully bureaucratic and the funds are slow to arrive. While New York officials say they are moving as quickly as possible, many charter captains are piloting this season without government aid, driven more by a dogged affinity for their avocation than a sense of practicality.