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Shrimpers say they will strike if prices drop again

Posted: 12:58 PM, Aug 09, 2018
Updated: 2018-08-09 13:58:30-04

Louisiana shrimpers vowed this week to go on strike if shrimp prices take yet another tumble, the Times-Picayune reports.

About 200 shrimpers gathered in Houma on Wednesday to vent their frustrations about foreign imports that have driven shrimp prices to levels not seen since the 1980s. They also fumed over a lack of political support for tariffs and other measures that could shore up an industry they say is heading toward extinction, the newspaper reports.

“We can’t make it on cents. We need dollars,” said Dean Blanchard, a Grand Isle shrimp distributor. “There’s no way this can continue.”

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