Not only are U.S. farmers facing devastation, but U.S. fisheries say they are also facing disaster from the historic extreme weather of 2019 as the flood waters reach down to them as well.
The governor of Louisiana says floodwaters from the Midwest are also severely hurting people who make their living from coastal seafood. So he is asking the federal government to declare a fisheries disaster for the state.
Floodwaters rushing down into spillways north of New Orleans have killed oysters, hurt fish catches and damaged livelihoods, Gov. John Bel Edwards said in a letter to Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross.
Brad Robin, whose family controls about 10,000 acres or 4,000 hectares of fishing leases in Louisiana waters, said “on a scale of 1 to 10, we are 9-and-a-half destroyed.”
And the full impact on the fisheries won’t be known for some time as the huge amounts of water in the Mississippi River continues to make an impact on the downstream sensitive areas.
Also, Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant asked the U.S. Commerce Secretary for a fisheries disaster declaration as well, which would make federal grants, loans and other aid available to help affected people providing the U.S. its seafood.
Louisiana’s oyster harvest is 80% below average for this time of year and more oysters are expected to die, and shrimp landings were down 63% and blue crab landings down 45%. And there’s a drop in the fish catch nearing 35% with commercial fishing in trouble. And the die-offs are just as bad in Mississippi.
Additionally, scientists say this year’s flooding could bring a near-record marine life dead zone in the gulf, as the Mississippi River watershed drains 41% of the continental United States, and the breadbasket of the central U.S. had a historic wet year.
The prolonged flooding has raised the Mississippi River so high for so long that for the first time ever, the Army Corps of Engineers opened certain spillways not once but twice this year.
And the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration scientists said they’re investigating whether the floodwater and lingering effects of the BP oil spill contributed to the deaths of at least 279 bottle nose dolphins from Louisiana to the Florida Panhandle, triple the usual number.
Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Assistant Secretary Patrick Banks said, “The difficulty is, when will this even be over?” As he said the high water may last “well through the summer.”
And these events and conditions are a sign how nature can be linked prophetically to the Scriptures in bringing about the Last Days environment of prophecy.
Where the Biblical prophecies (Matthew 24, Luke 21, Revelation 6, Revelation 16) foretell how that extreme weather and famine will be signs of the Last Days indicating the coming end of the age.
Revealing its time to prepare for the nearing appearance of Jesus Christ by being born again spiritually into the Kingdom of God as Jesus said we must (John 3) and His Apostles (Matthew 16:19) who were authorized described how (Acts 2). Which brings peace and joy in the Holy Spirit in this life and eternal life in the world to come.
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