Florida fisherman devastated by oil spill - KWWL - Eastern Iowa Breaking News, Weather, Closings

Florida fisherman devastated by oil spill

ELK RUN HEIGHTS (KWWL)-- The massive oil spill out in the gulf has made world headlines for weeks now.

It's already changed the lives of fishermen who make their living on those waters, which are now polluted with crude oil.

Ron Roster, originally from Elk Run Heights, has been a fisherman in Florida for more then 17 years, but this latest oil spill may force him to find a new job.

 "Change directions...hopefully. I know I have to go some direction by the time it gets done hopefully I still have a home. Hopefully I can pick up the pieces that are left and continue on." said Roster.

Ron was bringing in his vessel when he heard the news about the oil spill.

He doesn't think he will ever be able to go back out on the water.

"I haven't untied it yet and I don't think I will. I can't take the chance letting my vessel go out and fish and coming back in with contaminated fish and making people sick."

Ron was hoping to pass down his fishing business to family, but can't imagine that now.

"They will be retirement age before this is ever cleaned up."

It's hard to put a dollar value on how much Ron has lost, but he will certainly miss a passion he had for so many years.

"I'm going to miss it. I'm going to miss it. It is too soon in the game to say I miss it. I guess it's a tragedy that is going to take a little bit of time to sink in like this is real and actually happening and its happening to our country."

Online Reporter: Nikki Newbrough

  • NEWSNEWSMore>>

  • Father-son killed in plane crash lived in Iowa City

    Father-son killed in plane crash lived in Iowa City

    Monday, September 24 2018 10:00 PM EDT2018-09-25 02:00:51 GMT

    A celebration of life will be held in Iowa City, on Tuesday, for the father and son that were killed in plane crash in eastern Missouri. 

    More >>

    A celebration of life will be held in Iowa City, on Tuesday, for the father and son that were killed in plane crash in eastern Missouri. 

    More >>
  • radar alert

    TRACKING: Storm Chances through Tuesday

    TRACKING: Storm Chances through Tuesday

    Monday, September 24 2018 9:20 PM EDT2018-09-25 01:20:53 GMT

    Storm chances return tonight with strong storms possible Tuesday afternoon.

    More >>

    Storm chances return tonight with strong storms possible Tuesday afternoon.

    More >>
  • Cedar Rapids sees major flood level for second time in September

    Cedar Rapids sees major flood level for second time in September

    Monday, September 24 2018 8:05 PM EDT2018-09-25 00:05:21 GMT

    The city has prepared to protect areas along the river up to 18 feet by plugging manholes, adding additional sewer pumps and putting up Hesko Barriers on the west side of the river.

    More >>

    The city has prepared to protect areas along the river up to 18 feet by plugging manholes, adding additional sewer pumps and putting up Hesko Barriers on the west side of the river.

    More >>
Powered by Frankly