Enraged shrimpers to stop work over low pay
WWL-TV and Gulf Seafood News
Published: Saturday, September 6, 2014 at 6:58 p.m.
Last Modified: Saturday, September 6, 2014 at 6:58 p.m.
BELLE CHASSE — On Monday state shrimpers plan to participate in a moratorium on harvesting to protest falling shrimp prices at the dock.
A standing-room-only crowd of about 250 angry shrimpers filled the Belle Chasse Auditorium Friday to protest the low prices.
“I been on strike since last Friday. I already came in,” said one shrimper to applause from the audience.
“But whoever can, stop, five days, let this board get with the processors,” another told the packed auditorium.
Shrimpers say prices they are paid for the shrimp they catch are falling below profitable levels.
“Opening day of the May season we got $2.70 for 40-50s,” said shrimper Warren Delacroix from New Orleans. “Right now they are $1.35 at some of the docks.”
“On the New York market the price hasn’t fallen but a nickel or 10 cents, but it has fallen for us at the shrimp docks like $1.60 a pound,” added shrimper Earl Ronquillo from Buras. “Oh it kills you.”
They debated for nearly two hours before deciding.
“Starting Monday, everybody stay home for a week,” Louisiana Shrimp Association Vice President Acy Cooper told the gathering as the decision was made.
But the Shrimp Association didn’t call it a strike, saying it wants to meet with the seafood processors who buy what they catch.
“We gonna go, not on strike. We’re just going to stop fishing for a week, until we go meet with some of the processors and try to get some kind of thing resolved,” said Cooper. “We just can’t continue having them dropping the prices on us.”
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