Photo by Ashley Hall
This summer, Ashley Hall, SFA member and freelance writer, embarked on a journey to collect stories relating to the effects of the Gulf Coast oil spill. She traveled from Biloxi, MS, to Apalachicola, FL, as a field correspondent for Gravy, the SFA’s food letter, revisiting SFA oral history subjects whenever possible, but also collecting some new voices—voices like Teresa Fagan and Joy Hatfield’s.
Joy Hatfield opened Perdido Bay Seafood Company in western Pensacola with her husband and son in 1988. Her granddaughter, Teresa, has worked in the family business nearly all her life. Like so many others in their area, the future of Perdido became a depressing mystery after the oil spill. However, as of October 2nd, the folks at Perdido were happy to report that after months of uncertainty, they were fishing once again.
We will be featuring all of Ashley’s Gulf Coast interviews here on OKRACAST, so check back each week for new installments.