Our initial emergency response to Hurricane Ian revealed an urgent need to support the charter captains who were severely impacted by the storm. Over 2,000 licensed captains reside in the declared disaster area. We surveyed over 240 boat captains revealing:
The captains rely on the local tourism industry for business and currently 55% of hotel rooms in Lee County are out of service. Barrier island resorts, restaurants and other small businesses suffered catastrophic damages and have a long road to recovery.
Captains For Clean Water is committed to helping guides help the community. Since the storm, we’ve created work opportunities for captains to help with cleanup, transportation to the islands, and scientific research, and this fund allows us to significantly scale this effort to further serve the impacted community.