Fall shrimp season opens today all across Louisiana. That’s the good news. Whether the haul of white shrimp will help struggling shrimpers overcome the high price of diesel coupled with the setbacks of the storms of 2005, which destroyed much of the state’s infrastructure, is another question. During the spring season, the price of shrimp was too low for shrimpers to make a profit much less break even, and a lot of families who have been shrimping for generations are hanging up their nets. Low cost imported shrimp doesn’t help the equation.
The best thing consumers can do to support Louisiana’s shrimp industry is to buy local. If you can’t make it down to the docks at Delcambre and Intercoastal City, try locally owned fish markets, or ask at the grocery store if the shrimp come from the Gulf. Consumer support is the way to keep our friends and neighbors in business, and fresh shrimp on the table.
Frank’s Casing Crew, now doing business as Frank’s International, will make its final appearance on ABiz’s list of the Top 50 Privately Held Companies in Acadiana this year, and once again it will likely be at the top with more than $1 billion in annual revenues. The 75-year-old company specializing in tubular fabrication and installation services to the oil and gas industry plans to offer shares of its stock to the public for the first time.
The defeat, or rather highjacking of House Bill 420 in the final days of this year's Legislative Session, say Reps. Vincent Pierre and Terry Landry, is the result of the propaganda spread by one unidentified local media outlet and an unnamed former state Representative, but nothing to do with the original legislation's lack of checks, balances or details.
He’s a singer. A songwriter. A piano man. A family man. He’s even got his own Wikipedia entry. He’s David Egan. And he knows ancient secrets about the monolithic stones of Stonehenge that he’s not willing to share.