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Shrimpers Still Up In Arms

Monday, October 5, 2009 - 2:56pm

It's a one billion dollar industry in the Pelican State, and it provides a popular ingredient in local cuisine. But now fishermen say, Louisiana shrimp could go away if something is not done.

Recently Louisiana shrimpers have made headlines, up in arms about low prices on their fish.

They say, there's a lack of regulation in the government, and using imported shrimp has become an all-too common practice for venders.

Veterans in the industry say they're frustrated, with a problem that does not seem to be getting resolved.

"I've been doing it for 25 years, and I don't know what else to do," said shrimper Julian Crappel.

"It's been like this steady on a downhill grade since 2000, nobody ever stepped up to the plate," said Acy Cooper, member of the Louisiana Shrimp Association.

The shrimpers say, they're hoping Federal and State officials will come up with regulations to prevent foreign shrimp from undercutting the market, and mismanagement by the middle men.