Fishing is the last thing on the minds of many folks on the East Coast right now, bearing the brunt of Hurricane Sandy.
But it's becoming clear that when the dust settles, the fishing industry will have taken a major hit from the massive storm.
Not only has Sandy pushed the fish far offshore throughout much of the East Coast and even down into Florida, it's taken down a popular fishing pier in Maryland and is wiping out the availability of fresh fish to local markets and restaurants.
Sandy also shut down a number of fishing-related events, including a menhaden hearing in Maryland.
In the end, only time will tell how much damage the storm has cost the U.S., but the estimates are already climbing over $50 billion, and it will be awhile before we know exactly what impact it had on the fall and winter fishing and lobster/crab fishing seasons on the East Coast.
Let's all hope that Sandy doesn't shut the door on East Coast fishing prospects for an extended period of time.