Dozens of Louisiana shrimpers — ranging from Vietnamese-Americans to Cajun fishermen — rallied Wednesday in downtown New Orleans to bewail low prices, farm-raised shrimp imports and other woes in their industry.
Shrimpers spoke out at a meeting of the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council, a body of industry and government representatives that regulates fishing in the Gulf of Mexico. The group is meeting in New Orleans this week.
The shrimpers say they're struggling against a flood of cheap farm-raised imported shrimp, market uncertainties, hurricanes, the lingering effects of the massive BP oil spill and high fuel prices.
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