Comments from freshwater fishermen who, when asked, “In which of the following areas do you do MOST of your fishing activity?” answered,
Breton Sound/South Pass & eastward
Stopping the imports on shrimp would be great!!!
Dredge Don’t Divert
We need outlets for garfish and catfish down in St. Bernard Parish. (Signed by participant)
The coastal changes aren't our problem as much as these freshwater diversions are. These diversions will destroy our wildlife and marshes faster than any erosion could. If they double the size of the Caernarvon diversion and open it full blast like they plan on, Delacroix Island and all of its surrounding marshes would be under water. There would be no more wildlife. Our marine life is good at adapting to coastal erosion, but it cannot withstand toxic freshwater intrusion on this scale. If this state really wanted to, they could put our coastline back to what it was 70 years ago. They could wall off a small section at a time and pump, dredge, and fill it in and move to the next section and on and on. Just look at what they did in Dubai. They build land into the ocean in the shape of a palm tree and the atlas. And I'm talking about hundreds of acres of land with hotel resorts on them. This state doesn't care about erosion or fisherman. The only thing our politicians care about is how much money they can steal from these so-called projects.
I have been a commercial charter captain for the past 16 years. I am 73 and will probably fish another 2 years. I have seen a tremendous influx of more charter captains since the B.P. oil spill. We have less and less places to fish and more and more captains. I'm for everybody making a living, but if LDWF doesn't slow down the licensing of captains, then no one will make a living!