Apr 15, 2011 10:54 PM by Maddie Garrett
Commercial shrimpers in Acadiana are hoping for a pay day next week, thanks to a special five-day season. Shrimpers were out at the Delcambre public docks Friday preparing their boats, repairing nets and just getting ready to hopefully make a profit.
But with just part of zone 2 opening and only five days to shrimp, the special season may not be worth it for some shrimpers.
The special season opens at 6:00 a.m. Monday, April 18, and will close at 6:00 a.m. Friday, April 23.
But only part of zone 2 will be open to shrimp during those five days. The opening includes state inside waters from the eastern shore of Bayou Grand Caillou northward to the intersection of Bayou Grand Caillou and the Houma Navigation Canal, northward along the eastern shore of the Houma Navigation Canal westward to the western shore of Vermilion Bay and Southwest Pass at Marsh Island.
That has many Acadiana shrimpers worried that other boats from the east will be coming in and overcrowding the limited waters. Add in the cost of fuel and ice it takes to troll for shrimp and it could be a risk on whether or not they'll actually make much of a profit for those five days.
The market price of shrimp is also low right now. But local shrimpers say they'll still be out first thing Monday morning, despite those setbacks.
"We're getting ready, most of them I talked to feel like me, you know, they should have opened the whole zone or not open it at all. But you got to go try, I mean the shrimp will not come and jump inside the boat at the dock. You have to go, just like these five days," said Jimmie Dupre, a shrimper out of Delcambre.
Dupre also said most shrimpers will probably come in on Wednesday anyway, so they can sell their catch on Thursday, just in time for Good Friday.