VP of Louisiana Shrimp Assoc. reports 1/4 of his usual catch, blames oil and dispersants — “May never recover”


Ocean experts slam feds at spill hearing, The Hill Energy & Environment Blog, August 19, 2010:

But Acy Cooper, Jr., a Louisiana commercial fisherman and vice president of the Louisiana Shrimp Association, said in his prepared testimony  that the industry may never recover...

He noted that on opening day of the shrimping season Monday, his catch was 500 pounds, in contrast to opening-day catches in the 2,000-pound range that the average fisherman would have in years past.

In my opinion this decrease is due to the waters being contaminated by oil and dispersants,” he said.

Mississippi Shrimpers Refuse to Trawl, Fearing Oil, Dispersants, Inter Press Service, August 20, 2010:

Stewart told IPS, "Normally we have a lot of white shrimp in the Sound right now. You can catch 500 to 800 pounds a night, but right now, there are very few people shrimping, and those that are, are catching nothing or maybe 200 pounds per night."

Mississippi Shrimpers Refuse to Trawl, Fearing Oil, Dispersants, Inter Press Service, August 20, 2010:

David Wallis, [a] fisherman from Biloxi... [said,] "Right now there's barely any shrimp out there to  catch. We should be overloaded with shrimp right now. That's not normal. I won't eat any seafood that comes out of these waters, because it's not safe."

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