|CRCL Views Diversions Through the Eyes of Shrimpers
By Jimmy Frederick, Communications Director
Storms, hurricanes and even high tides prove that Louisiana’s land loss crisis is having real and detrimental effects on our coast.
Our coastal wetlands provide our cities and people a critical line of defense against storms. We continue to lose these wetlands at a rate of a football field of land every 100 minutes, but we’re on the edge of action to protect ourselves. We are embarking upon what is expected to be the largest environmental restoration project in our nation’s history. The state is working to break ground on the first major project to re-connect the Mississippi River to our starving wetlands, the Mid-Barataria Sediment Diversion, by 2020. The importance of this project cannot be overstated. Sediment diversions are the cornerstone approach of Louisiana’s Coastal Master Plan. We need to start building without delay.
As our state prepares for this vital project, we realized we needed to ask the question, “What will sediment diversions mean for the shrimp fishery?” To answer the question, we embarked on an ambitious project of facilitated community-based engagement with shrimpers of varying socioeconomic backgrounds to better understand their concerns. Read More