Comments from oyster fishermen who, when asked, “In which of the following areas do you do MOST of your fishing activity?” answered,
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 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.
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.
Adjusting to changes that are occurring naturally isn’t that hard. Adjusting to these changes 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!
As an oyster fisherman that didn't have the chance to move due to a moratorium on oyster leases it very bad and still very bad and will be very bad unless things change with the State of Louisiana. [This is in regard to] having enough resources to make an oyster lease [useful] for fishing.