The coronavirus pandemic has crippled industries across the country including Louisiana’s shrimping industry.
Louisiana is known for its fresh seafood which is shipped all over the world. Brown shrimp season started on Monday and so far it hasn’t been good. While there is plenty of shrimp to sell, the demand just isn’t there in part to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The price has also dropped from 3.50 a pound to about $1.50 a pound. Many shrimpers say they can’t make ends meet with that price. St. Bernard Parish President Guy McInnis said, “These processing plants know they have to buy from commercial fisherman, but they can only buy so much because the demand is just not there.”
This is the second time in a year the shrimping industry has been hit hard. Last year, the opening of the Bonnet Carre Spillway severely hurt the shrimping and oyster industries.