Mar 11, 2011 12:18 AM by Shawn Kline

America's faith tested by LA seafood during lent

Some Christians will give up their burgers for fish on Fridays. But can lent restore faith in Louisiana's seafood?

"Les vent de careme means the winds of lent." Laura LaHaye says, "the old people used to tell us when the wind would blow like that, we knew lent was right around the corner."

LaHaye is a minister at St. John's Cathedral in Lafayette. She says lent gives many people a fresh start.

"The wind reminded us that we would have all the bad things blown away so we could start new," she says.

A new start is just what shrimper Jimmie Dupre is praying for.

"We're hoping for a good season."

Since the oil spill, prices have dropped to around $1.15/lb. and around the rest of the country, confidence in gulf seafood isn't what it used to be.

"Shrimp usually moves during this time of the year." Dupre says, "shrimp will usually go up higher during the winter, this year it didn't go up, it went down."

However, Dupre hopes lent can restore America's faith in Louisiana's seafood.

"The people from Louisiana, a lot of them don't think the seafood is getting anyone sick because we eat too much of it." Dupre says, "we don't get sick."

"We know there's no meat on Fridays so we all get ready and start eating fish." LaHaye says, "it's not always such a penance."

Dupre says he'll find out how faithful America is in the seafood industry when the shrimp season opens in May.



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