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Editor's Note: Resilience tested — again

Fiona Robinson, Associate Publisher / Editor
by Fiona Robinson
December 05, 2012

At this point it seems like living near a coastline is more heartache than it’s worth: oil spills, hurricanes, tsunamis and now “super storms.” What’s next on the list, rising sea level overtaking coastal villages? Living by the sea is a way of life for many, and if disaster strikes they’ll always rebuild. For those who rely on the seafood industry there’s no choice but to live by the water and pray you’re prepared for when the next storm hits. 

For most in the Northeast United States, 2011’s Hurricane Irene was “the massive storm that wasn’t” — it was a gentle nudge before “the big one.” Those who thought they were over-prepared for Irene are now struggling to dig out and salvage what they can from Sandy. 

Before Thanksgiving there were still thousands of people living in shelters, 160,000 were still without power and the tally for economic losses in New York state alone was $30 billion. For additional Sandy news, see the News Recap on page 6.

Container ships were sitting off New York and New Jersey waiting for a place to offload after the storm hit in late October. Seafood retailers and restaurants will struggle to rebuild during the year-end holidays, which normally would be their most profitable time. Like with other tragedies, which are happening all-too frequently these days, members of the seafood industry are not worried about the market impacts — they are worried about people. 

Whether it’s helping supply materials for rebuilding, ensuring families get a hot meal or helping displaced animals, these are just a few of the many charities (in no particular order) offering Sandy relief Red Cross, United Way, Salvation Army, and the American Humane Association 

As N.J. Gov. Chris Christie put it, “Our resilience has always been our biggest strength.” This perseverance could apply to any coastal area around the world ravaged by similar tragedies. No matter your proximity to the area, please do what you can to help the many people in need.


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