Comments from saltwater fishermen who, when asked, “In which of the following areas do you do MOST of your fishing activity?” answered,
Barataria Basin/Southwest Pass & westward
We need to build the coastline back, rock off all the channels leading to the gulf, dredge and pump sand to build back. NO Diversions. If they work so good where is all the land at the end of all the passes that lead off the river in the Venice area? We don’t need new gear; we all have top of the line gear. Prices from the processors need to be looked into.
Note made next to question 5: "No Money!" Note made next to question 6: "No Money." Response to question 7: "If we cannot catch anything where will the money come from to make the changes to my boat and equipment?"
Note made by question 1 (Commercial Fisher): "Shrimp, Crab, Fish". Note made by question 4 (Over the last 5-10 years): "Much worse since CPRA took control of diversions." Response to question 7: They will not be able to adjust without having a real voice and vote on coastal restoration projects and regulations.
Coastal changes are not the problem. Taking species of seafood away from us is. We are starving to death, and no one really cares.