FORT MYERS— Two
Fort Myers boats will set sail Friday morning bound for the
Mississippi delta to deliver life-saving supplies to Hurricane
Katrina victims. The boat the Equalizer is full of 75 tons of food,
water and supplies headed to the mouth of the Mississippi. Each item
donated is an example of shrimpers helping other fishermen get back
on their feet.
Organizer Gary Burris says the donations
are going to areas that were forgotten after Hurricane Katrina left
"Watching the news, I recognized they
weren't talking about the lower bayous, food producers, the towns
everyone was forgetting about," said Burris.
Burris found out those forgotten areas
include Freeport, Mississippi.
"Under- served. They haven't been served
at all in some places," said Burris.
He decided to fill up the decks of his
boat to serve up life-saving help.
Last week, Burris sent word to fisherman
along the banks of the Mississippi that support is on the way. It's
his way of helping an industry that could really use some help right
"The ripple effect of the economics of
the loss of the fisheries and what's happening to the oil wells to
me is a ripple effect that can become a tidal wave that can take
this country down if we don't do something about it," said
Equalizer Captain Mike Beecher knows the
ripple effects all too well.
"Fuel has gotten to the point where we
can't afford to go fishing anymore and the imports are killing us,"
But the only imports this time are 17
tons of water, 7 tons of beans and rice, just about everything
needed for an area that has nothing.
The Equalizer and the MV Diamond set sail
Friday morning. They will be met at the mouth of the Mississippi and
taken to the inner bayou. They plan to return in a week.