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Texas—Global Blue Technologies and Hurricane Harvey




Global Blue Technologies, an intensive shrimp farm near Rockport, Texas, that’s covered with inflatable greenhouses, was in the direct path of Hurricane Harvey when it made landfall near Rockport, Texas, on Friday, August 25, 2017.


Here are some excerpts from a letter that Margaret Barlow, head of broodstock and postlarvae sales at Sea Products Development (SPD), the seedstock/broodstock production unit of Global Blue, sent to their clients:


Dear Valued SPD Clients:


Hurricane Harvey, when only 65 miles offshore, rapidly accelerated from a Category-1 to a Category 4 storm when it made landfall near Rockport, Texas.  Its devastating winds in excess of 130 miles per hour brought massive destruction to Rockport.  Upwards of 30-40 percent of the buildings were demolished with nearly equal numbers rendered structurally uninhabitable.


Thanks to our hurricane protocols all of our employees are safe.  We’ve already begun the hard work of clearing debris and rebuilding our hard-hit facilities.  We expect this will take weeks of dedicated effort.


Rest assured our fervor and dedication to our mission remains unscathed.  Our broodstock survived!  Our resolve remains steadfast to rebuild and once again provide the finest quality broodstock and seedstock to each of you.  This is our pledge.  It’s a promise we intend to keep.


Information: Margaret Barlow, Sea Products Development LLC/Global Blue Technologies LLC, 521 West Market Street, Suite D, Rockport, Texas 78382, USA (Phone 1-361-205-2955, Email mbarlow169@yahoo.com, Website http://www.globalbluetechnologies.com).


Source: The Shrimp List (a mailing list for shrimp farmers).  Subject: Harvey ... GBT.  From: Roger Kelso (rkelso@saltcreekshrimp.com).  August 30, 2017.


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