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Fishing industry leaders: Seafood is available locally to buy safely

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Posted at 6:27 PM, Mar 27, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-27 19:27:59-04

Wendell Verret, Director of the Twin Port District and of Delcambre Seafood and Farmer's Market, wants the public to know seafood is available locally to buy safely.

A list of local fishermen selling their catches can be found at delcambredirectseafood.com.

They're hoping to get relief from the federal government, but right now, they're relying on your support.

Crawfish and catfish are fresh, but most products are available frozen.

Leaders of the fishing industry say it is still recovering from the flood of 2019 that limited the availability of product, and they are seeing signs that the COVID-19 emergency is affecting the struggling industry once more.

Because of this uncertainty, Verret says, "We've decided to start promoting it and informing the public that these various seafood locations are available for call ahead and for pickup."

"We can help the industry by pitching in and purchasing Louisiana seafood whenever possible. The more, the better," said LDWF Secretary Jack Montoucet. "Remember that each dollar you spend helps fishermen, their families, and their communities, the backbone of the seafood industry. They are counting on this income for their survival, especially after the hardships many of them suffered last year."