Louisiana expecting one of worst months for shrimpers
by Associated Press
Published: June 21,2010
GULF OF MEXICO — Louisiana’s Department of Wildlife and Fisheries says the shrimp catch in May could be the second-worst on record, because of the Gulf of Mexico oil spill.
The Courier says reasons cited include both areas closed because of the spill and some shrimpers’ decisions to clean up oil instead of trawling.
Biologist Marty Bourgeois says preliminary figures show 4.1 million pounds of headless shrimp landed last month. That’s two-thirds below last year’s May catch of 17.4 million pounds.
Bourgeois said shrimping off Terrebonne, Lafourche, Plaquemine and Jefferson parishes is at a near-total shutdown.
Federal records kept since 1990 give the worst May as 3.6 million pounds in 1993, the spring after Hurricane Andrew.
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