It is no secret that Louisiana's shrimpers have seen troubled times in recent years.
They have battled rising costs, falling prices and vicious competition — much of it illegal — from foreign countries that import their shrimp to the U.S.
They also have been hampered by hurricanes and a catastrophic oil spill.
Through it all, the industry has retained the resilience that allowed it to survive for generations.
The good news is that there is some help out there for shrimpers, purchasers and processors — help that could make it more likely for these important Louisiana businesses to survive and thrive.
The Louisiana Wild Seafood Certification Program is offering up to $30,000 in cost sharing for shrimpers and others who want to install new refrigeration equipment or who have already installed the equipment.
The idea is that better refrigeration can help shrimpers stay out on the water longer, decrease the cost of ice and fuel and ultimately make their work more profitable.
“There are a lot of folks out there who pick up ice and go shrimping then go back the same day. A lot of these things can save their money on ice, chill their product to preserve it and let them stay out longer,” said Jason Froeba with the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries.
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