Posted: Aug 25, 2011 9:05 AM by Lauren Wilson & AP
CHAUVIN, La. (AP) - The first two days of Louisiana's white-shrimp season produced wide-ranging catches for Terrebonne Parish shrimpers.
In Chauvin, Lilly Bishop told The Courier that there were some nice sized shrimp in the catch she and boyfriend Darren Martin brought back to sell, but the volume was low.
In Dularge, Al Marmande of Al's Shrimp Co., said volume was good but the shrimp were small. He also said prices are down - a dip he blames on the continued stigma related to the BP oil spill, a tight national economy and a continued flood of low-priced imports.
Scientist Martin Bourgeois of the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries says it's too soon to declare the season, which opened Monday morning, a success or failure.