Area shrimpers plan to go on strike

By Adam Hooper - bio | email

LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) - Pound for pound, area shrimpers feel like they are getting a raw deal when it comes to the price that packing houses are paying for the shrimp they catch. On Tuesday, shrimpers from around Louisiana stormed the state's capital, hoping the government would hear their concerns.

T-John Newman has been shrimping for years and said it is no longer worth it.

"It does not pay to operate your boat and leave the dock. Everything is not penciling out, they are killing us," said T-John Newman.

Newman said part of the reason packing houses are not paying like they used to is because a majority of the shrimp they purchase is coming from out of the country, a decision, he said, is based on quantity over quality.

"Our product is a fresher, safer, cleaner product. You do not know what you are getting from over seas. What you are getting from us is a safe clean product," said Newman.

To fight for change many shrimpers are planning to go on strike. To make sure other shrimpers comply, a blockade is in the works.

"The blockade is probably going to consist of forty, fifty, sixty boats. It is going to be a demonstration to let them know that there is not going to be any shrimping going on," said Newman.

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