20 May '11, 8pm

Blog posted: Warning Signs Flash at the Start of a Crucial Shrimp Season in the Gulf

Blog posted: Warning Signs Flash at the Start of a Crucial Shrimp Season in the Gulf

The first week of Louisiana’s crucial brown shrimp season is nearly over and the reports from fishermen are not good. A government source confirms catches are down dramatically and some fishermen say they have given up because the price of gas is high and the price they’re getting for Gulf shrimp is low. “It’s the worst I’ve ever seen for a shrimp season open,” says Acy Cooper, a Venice-based shrimper and vp of the Louisiana Shrimp Association. “The brownies we are getting are very small and there’s not too many of them. People around here can’t make a living with the price of shrimp these days and the high prices of gas. It’s going to get bad around here if we can’t catch more shrimp.” Things already are bad enough after fishermen here got walloped by the worst oil disaster in history. Now the Mississippi River flood is bearing down on the state. But when the brown shrimp...

Full article: http://switchboard.nrdc.org/blogs/rkistner/warning_signs_...

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