Comments from saltwater fishermen who, when asked, “In which of the following areas do you do MOST of your fishing activity?” answered,
Breton Sound/South Pass & eastward
We will be out of business!
We have already seen the effects of the Caernarvon Diversion. Too much fresh water will put us out of business. We would have to work in the Gulf of Mexico, and our boats are not large enough or equipped for that.
State needs to adapt to us a bit.
Note made next to question 5: "Dredge Not Divert". Response to question 7: "Mardi Gras Pass is flowing put [the diversion] there. Black Bay is DEAD! (followed by personal signature)
Look at Maps from 15-20 years ago. Past double pipeline [you will see] minimal change [in the marsh]. Inside [at site of Caernarvon’s freshwater outflow, the marsh is] gone. The only difference was Carnarvon Syphon [diversion].
It's hard to change fishing practices because of the price of equipment and the prices we get for the product. It’s not cost effective. Stop putting diversions.
Fresh water diversion is crazy; it doesn't work, science is wrong!! 55 years on the water.
Adjusting to changes that are occurring naturally isn’t that hard. Adjusting to these changes [diversions] will be drastic and detrimental to our way of life. I can’t pick up my oyster leases and move them somewhere else. Shrimping and crabbing may be a little less affected, but dumping all that freshwater in our estuary will destroy them too!