National Fisherman

The company recently announced its plan to close its Cameron fish processing plant and move operations to its Abbeville facility.
Omega Protein spokesman Ben Landry says with this move, the company will add 60 new workers to the Abbeville plant. The company will also move three of its fishing vessels to the facility, which has been around for 50 years.
"It's a multi-generational group we have here. People's fathers and grandfathers have worked here. We really enjoy being a part of this community," Landry said.
The recent announcement is a big catch for Vermilion Parish community.
"Our total budget here is about $43 million. Seventeen to eighteen million dollars of that is going directly to payroll, which we believe will be spent here in the local economy," Landry said.
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Together, the features detail cumulative effects of threats -- such as overfishing, pollution, and invasive species,  allowing responders to act faster to increase ocean resiliency and sustainability.

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