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Fisheries & People: Shrimp Tales

More than 125 million pounds of shrimp were caught in Louisiana in 2003 with a value of nearly $135 million, according to the National Marine Fisheries Service. Increased regulation, high fuel prices and competition from both seafood imports and fellow fishermen are pushing some Louisiana shrimpers into retirement or causing them to seek work in other industries.

Despite the hardships, shrimping remains a passion for many. The fishery and the product it brings to shore continue to have a tremendous impact on individuals, communities and the culture of south Louisiana. Here are the stories of some of the people who depend on Louisiana’s shrimp fishery.

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Photo: Wilson Acosta stands beside his shrimp boat.
Photo: Cecile Robin
Photo:  Reigning shrimp queens and kings of all ages board a boat.

The Boss
Wilson Acosta has been fishing since he was a boy. Now in his 60s, he is considering selling his boat and retiring.
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Wives Tales
Cecile Robin married into a family of fishermen. She explores some of the wives tales associated with fishing in south Louisiana.
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Blessing of the Fleet
The Rev. Herb Bennerfield presides over the annual Blessing of the Fleet in Delcambre. He describes what the shrimp festival and fishery mean to one small town.
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