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What's Your Story: Delcambre

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Delcambre, La. -

Along Highway 14 in Delcambre sits a small warehouse, a throwback to a busier time when the ports and docks along the marina were bustling with shrimpers hauling in their catch. 

While the shrimping has slowed and ports not as busy, there remains a flurry of activity inside Touchard's, a net making shop where the shrimpers can come and order nets or have them fixed. 

Owned by Clark Touchard, it's a true family business with different generations of the family working in varying roles to keep the store operating and the orders filled. 

The Touchards' roots are in shrimping. His father was a commercial fisherman until the work became too exhausting and he opened the store along the waterfront in the early 1970s. 

Since then, the store has seen plenty of change, moving from the once-crowded docks to the warehouse it's in now along the highway that runs through the center of Delcambre. 

A decline in the shrimping industry has meant a slow down in business for Touchard's, but as other similar stores have closed, they continue to operate at a steady, only slightly slower, pace. 

While the future of the industry remains uncertain, the orders for Touchard's continue to roll in, and the little space in the back of the warehouse continues to be filled with nets waiting to go out. 

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