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  • Shrimp & Petroleum Festival Underway Play Video

    August 30, 2013 7:16 PM

    One of the state's oldest festivals is underway in Morgan City. The Shrimp and Petroleum Festival kicked off last night and will continue through the Labor Day weekend. For the first time in years, festival goers only have to worry about overeating and getting a sunburn. The last... more »
  • W&F to shrimpers: please report Asian tiger shrimp

    May 23, 2012 7:43 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is asking shrimpers to report any Asian tiger shrimp they catch off Louisiana. State officials say they had less than 25 reports in Louisiana waters until last fall - but they've received about 80 reports since the beginning... more »
  • Requirements for Shrimpboat Nets Starts Federal Debate

    May 11, 2012 12:12 AM

    A new regulation on shrimpboats not only has has shrimpers upset, it's now the center of a federal debate. The NOAA Federal Fisheries Agency said by next year, all shrimping trawls must have turtle excluder devices (TEDs), a trap-door that would protect sea turtles from drowning in shrimp nets. The... more »
  • Fishing industries impacted by BP Oil Spill two-years later

    April 20, 2012 11:15 PM

    Two-years later, experts say the coastline and the wetlands are recovering, and at rates faster than expected. On the other hand, the fishing industry is struggling to get back to where it was in the days before the spill. Last year proved to be one of the worst years... more »
  • Researchers Target Safety on Gulf Shrimp Boats

    July 24, 2011 12:30 PM

    BROWNSVILLE, Texas (AP) - Mang Vo wanted to make a lasting impression on his shrimping safety class when he learned many of the fishermen didn't know how to make a proper mayday call. After some told him they use cell phones during emergencies at sea, he pulled an old cell... more »
  • Largest-Ever Gulf Dead Zone Predicted This Summer

    June 6, 2011 11:22 PM

    As the threat of flooding dwindles, a new threat rises to the surface: All of that excess water flowing into the Gulf of Mexico. 2011 was supposed to be a good year for shrimpers, hoping to regain some of the revenue lost last year after the BP oil spill.... more »
  • Emergency shrimp season closes; shrimpers concerns

    April 22, 2011 11:27 PM

    The shrimp boats are back in the Port of Delcambre after a week-long emergency shrimp season but fishermen say they actually lost money and they're now concerned with their next catch, when waters reopen in May. Sherri Broussard says the shrimp is what she expected but other costs and... more »
  • Committee looking at problems in BP fund

    April 18, 2011 7:17 PM

    Washington's Committee on Natural Resources was in southern Louisiana today hearing complaints on BP's disaster claims fund. Some of those affected by the spill calling BP and the Gulf Coast Compensation Fund "incompetent." "It's disheartening to know that GCCF can be so incompetent." Kimberly Chauvin is one furious... more »
  • 5 Day Special Shrimp Season May Not Be Worth It

    April 15, 2011 10:54 PM

    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... more »
  • Fresh seafood brought to you in new ways

    March 31, 2011 12:19 AM

    Fishermen are looking to expand business through a new form of marketing. The new technique could mean cheaper seafood prices for you. "We had about 20 to 25 fisherman lined up," LSU AgCenter Agent Mark Shirley said. "But when the oil spill happened, about half of those want to... more »
  • Landrieu Welcomes ITC Ruling in Favor of Louisiana Shrimpers

    March 15, 2011 5:00 PM

    WASHINGTON - United States Senator Mary L. Landrieu, D-La., welcomed today's decision by the International Trade Commission (ITC) to continue import duties on shrimp from Thailand, China, Vietnam, India and Brazil for five more years. The ITC, which put these duties in an anti-dumping order issued in 2005, decided by... more »
  • America's faith tested by LA seafood during lent

    March 11, 2011 12:18 AM

    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... more »
  • BP invests in Shrimp and Petroleum Fest

    September 4, 2010 8:59 PM

    It's the 75th year for Morgan City's Shrimp and Petroleum Festival but it's been a tough year for both industries. The crisis in the Gulf spurred a rough shrimping season and a drilling moratorium but the cash is flowing at the Shrimp and Petroleum Festival and BP is one of... more »
  • Shrimp and Petroleum Festival Begins This Week

    August 30, 2010 12:57 PM

    Morgan City, LA - August 30, 2010- Louisiana's oldest chartered harvest festival is scheduled to celebrate its Diamond Jubilee, 75 years of tradition and family fun, this upcoming Labor Day Weekend. The Louisiana Shrimp & Petroleum Festival will be held September 2 - 6, 2010 in Morgan City, only 90... more »
  • Prices hurting but Shrimpers celebrate in Delcambre

    August 19, 2010 8:08 PM

    The Shrimp Festival is underway in Delcambre but for those who work in the celebrated industry, times are tough. "Prices used to be at $2.00 a pound," Shrimper Jimmy Dupre said. "Now, the processing plants want to pay us a dollar a pound." Last Friday, shrimpers felt they... more »
  • Delcambre Shrimpers Update

    August 19, 2010 3:08 PM

    The 60th Delcambre Shrimp Festival is underway this week. At 5:00 and 6:00pm tonight KATC reporter Shawn Kline tells us how the season is treating local shrimpers and how this year's festival organizers prepared for the shrimp hungry crowds.
  • Gulf Seafood Safe to Eat?

    August 16, 2010 11:52 PM

    No doubt about it some will have their reservations about eating seafood from the Gulf in the wake of the crude disaster, but there are efforts underway at the state and federal levels to ensure oil does not make it to the marketplace. Waters open to commercial fishing are... more »
  • First Day of Shrimp Season

    August 16, 2010 8:10 PM

    It's the start of the new shrimping season in Louisiana, the first since the BP Oil Well was capped. KATC connected with a shrimper, "Big Al" Granger, who reports the rough waves and the weather forecast are making the first day back on the water a rough one. Big's... more »
  • US Commerce Secretary Coming to Louisiana

    August 16, 2010 5:32 AM

    NEW ORLEANS, La. (AP) - U.S. Commerce Secretary Gary Locke will be in Louisiana today, and seafood's on his agenda and menu. After a late-morning tour of a shrimp processing plant in Lafitte, about 30 miles from New Orleans, he will have lunch with Gulf fishermen at a seafood restaurant... more »
  • Fight and Stabbing in New Iberia over a bag of Shrimp

    August 13, 2010 6:55 PM

    A man is still in the hospital after a he was stabbed in a New Iberia parking lot on Thursday evening. Police later found a suspect- 49-year-old Adonis Charles at his own home. Deputies are now charging Charles with attempted second-degree murder. Eye-witnesses to the stabbing say Charles was in... more »
  • Lt. Governor extends local invite to President Obama

    August 12, 2010 7:27 PM

    The Shrimp and Petroleum Festival is coming-up Labor Day weekend. Among the new attractions, organizers are trying to construct the world's largest poboy- but that may be overshadowed by a visit from President Obama. It's all speculation at this time- Lt. Governor Scott Angelle extended the invite to his coworker... more »
  • Shrimp season to start, but is it safe to eat?

    August 10, 2010 7:25 PM

    Captain Cherie Broussard unloads her boat full of chilled shrimp. She and her crew just came back from Southwest Pass. Her reputation and livlihood is on the line if any contaminated shrimp are found. "People are scared," Broussard said. "If they feed it to their family, their family will... more »
  • La. Shrimp Season to Close in Parts of Zones 1 and 3

    July 19, 2010 9:51 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries says the 2010 spring inshore shrimp season in parts of zones 1 and 3 will close at 6 a.m. Tuesday to protect increased numbers of juvenile white shrimp. On its website, the department describes areas where shrimping will... more »
  • Tumultuous Shrimp Season Closes Monday

    July 5, 2010 8:47 AM

    HOUMA, La. (AP) - One of Louisiana's most troublesome spring shrimp seasons came to a close with many shrimpers getting little chance to fish because of the BP oil spill. The waters to the relatively untroubled west, and the few places east of the Mississippi River not shut down due... more »
  • Zone 2 Shrimping Closing to Let Small Shrimp Grow

    July 2, 2010 8:12 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries says the central zones inshore shrimp season will close at 6 a.m. Monday to let young white shrimp grow to a size worth harvesting. The department says the closing doesn't have any connection to the oil spill -... more »
  • Seafood Suppliers Turning To Asia To Ensure Americans Have Shrimp

    June 28, 2010 1:21 PM

    HANOI, Vietnam (AP) - As the Gulf Coast oil spill continues to gush, U.S. seafood suppliers are turning to Asia to ensure Americans have enough shrimp for their gumbos, Creoles and kebabs this summer, but some of those overseas cupboards are low themselves. Several countries in the world's top shrimp-producing... more »
  • Coast Guard Seizes Shrimp From 2 Boats in Gulf

    June 21, 2010 10:31 PM

    NEW ORLEANS, La. (AP) - The Coast Guard says it seized 30,000 pounds of brown shrimp after being tipped that boats were trawling an area closed because of the Gulf of Mexico oil spill. The Lady Monica and La Borrachita were boarded Sunday about 35 nautical miles south of Terrebonne... more »
  • Oyster Price Up, Customers Still Eating

    June 21, 2010 2:10 PM

    One of the many local restaurants struggling after the oil spill-- Shuck's in Abbeville-stays positive amidst the hardship. "We think we're going to be okay; I think you've to got to work harder and be smarter," says Co-owner David Bertrand. The most popular choice at Shuck's-oysters-and the second... more »
  • Shrimping Season Closed Again in Marsh Island

    May 26, 2010 6:43 PM

    LDWF Secretary Robert Barham announced the following precautionary closure to recreational and commercial fishing activities near Marsh Island effective immediately, today, May 26. These closures are a result of confirmed reports of oil. Territorial Sea Closure All state outside waters extending seaward of the inside/outside... more »
  • Another Shrimping Season Open

    May 26, 2010 3:20 PM

    Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Secretary Robert Barham announced the opening of the spring shrimp season in portions of Zone 1 east of the Mississippi River effective 6 am, May 31, 2010. Spring Inshore Shrimp Season Opening: ... more »
  • Miss. Hopes to Open Brown Shrimp Season

    May 24, 2010 9:37 AM

    BILOXI, Miss. (AP) - State officials will test brown shrimp for petroleum hydrocarbons ahead of the anticipated opening of the season in June. The Mississippi Press reports that William Walker, executive director of the state Department of Marine Resources, was given authority this past week to open the season when... more »
  • Shrimp Season Now Reopened

    May 10, 2010 4:01 PM

    LDWF ANNOUNCES NEW AREAS OPEN TO SHRIMPING AND ADJUSTMENTS TO PRECAUTIONARY FISHERIES CLOSURES WEST OF THE MISSISSIPPI RIVER Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Secretary Robert Barham announced that all areas west of the Mississippi River are open to recreational and commercial fishing, including shrimping, with the... more »
  • New Shrimping Season Dates

    May 6, 2010 7:01 PM

    The 2010 Louisiana shrimp season will open as follows: · Shrimp Management Zone 2 beginning at the eastern shore of Bayou Grand Caillou westward to the western shore of Vermilion Bay and Southwest Pass at Marsh Island to open at 6 AM, May... more »
  • Another Shrimp Season

    May 6, 2010 4:57 PM

    The local shrimp industry has yet another glimmer of hope in this crude disaster. Wildlife and Fisheries Officials met in Baton Rouge Thursday morning to discuss what the next best step should be. The Commission actually moved the item up on their agenda, after the meeting room became filled... more »
  • Rig in Baldwin Canal

    May 5, 2010 7:27 PM

    A different oil rig is causing some concern in St. Mary Parish. The rig rolled into the Baldwin Canal on Friday. It is a drilling barge that was being dismantled for scraps at T. Moore Services just south of US 90. There wasn't any oil on board because the... more »
  • Rush for Fresh Gulf Seafood in Acadiana

    May 5, 2010 6:26 PM

    Fears of a seafood shortage caused a rush at markets and marinas on Wednesday. Suppliers were swamped with orders across Acadiana. "I'd like to get all that you have in there," said Abbeville resident Dolla Walker. She bought 20 pounds of Gulf shrimp at Sonny's Seafood Market in Lafayette and... more »
  • Temporary Shrimp Season Closes Tuesday at 6:00 P.M.

    May 3, 2010 7:34 PM

    Shrimp boat crews don't have much time to hit the water, unload, and sell what they've caught. The early shrimping season that was opened last week, closes tomorrow night at 6:00pm. It's a beautiful day to be on the water, but Fred Wan Egde Jr. and Travis Trahan are not... more »
  • Shrimp Season To Close

    May 3, 2010 6:16 PM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Louisiana's Department of Wildlife and Fisheries says a special shrimp season will end at 6 p.m. Tuesday. Secretary Robert Barham opened the season last Wednesday to let trawlers harvest marketable white shrimp before any possible effects of the oil spill showed up in... more »
  • Oil Spill Impact on Seafood

    April 29, 2010 8:42 PM

    State leaders opened a Special Shrimp Season late Wednesday night along parts of the coast. The idea is to allow shrimpers to harvest the profitable white shrimp before the oil spill has an effect. Local shrimpers tell KATC right now, they're just trying to save their harvest, while it's... more »
  • Special Shrimp Season Set in Some Louisiana Areas Because of Oil Spill

    April 29, 2010 1:33 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - As the Coast Guard burns oil from a spill in the Gulf of Mexico, Louisiana opens a special shrimp season so trawlers can get to work before oil reaches the coast. The Department of Wildlife and Fisheries says parts of Breton and Chandeleur sounds known... more »
  • Seafood Indusry Worries as Oils Nears Coast

    April 27, 2010 7:28 PM

    More than four million gallons of crude oil could spill into the Gulf of Mexico, before crews can get a relief well drilled at the site of a sunken oil rig. The leak continues to spew out 42-thousand gallons per day. As the spill worsens, many fear the Louisiana... more »
  • St. Mary Parish Make Arrest After Shrimp Theft

    December 21, 2009 6:50 PM

    A woman is under arrest in St. Mary parish for trying to steal shrimp from a Bayou Vista Walmart. Jasmine Washington is accused of stuffing the merchandise into her purse. Deputies say she gave them a false name when they arrested her.
  • Part of Zone 1 fall inshore shrimp season extended

    December 16, 2009 11:06 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - State wildlife officials have extended the fall inshore shrimp season in Zone 1, which extends north of the south shore of the Mississippi River Gulf Outlet, including Lake Pontchartrain and Lake Borgne. The shrimp season in the rest of Zone 1 and all of... more »
  • Coastal Erosion

    November 24, 2009 9:05 AM

    Families first moved to the coast from France in 1770 drawn by the abundant resources and that life today continues to fish the coast. Louisiana is the nation's largest producer of shrimp, oysters and blue crab and fills a large part of the US fresh fish demand and 40 thousand... more »

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