A short drive down Bayou Lafourche to Leeville or any of Terrebonne’s southern fingers and you’ll find plenty of evidence of the area’s fishing industry.
It might be the tall booms of shrimp boats, signs advertising live oysters or crab traps piled in beside a house.
What escapes view are the businesses devoted to processing and facilitating those industries. It’s not only about those dragging a net or dredging the oysters, there are also the peelers, pickers, dock workers and sales infrastructure.
The industry remains big here, though locals fear lasting impacts from the 2010Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill.
The Louisiana Seafood Promotion and Marketing Board pegs the annual economic impact through jobs and income tax revenue at $2.4 billion.