Grand Isle Businesses Battered by BP Oil Disaster, NRDC's Rocky Kistner, February 5, 2011:
Karen Hopkins of Grand Isle’s Dean Blanchard Seafood, the largest shrimp buyer in Louisiana, says shrimp catches have been cut in half as many boats were unable to trawl through the oil last year. But what’s most worrisome may be what’s to come.
Karen says no one has been catching a popular white shrimp people here call a “sea bob,” usually abundant this time of year. And no one knows why. “Normally we catch 200 to 300 thousand pounds of sea bob in the winter, but this year there’s been none.