NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) – On Friday, September 24, Lieutenant Governor Billy Nungesser visited the lower portion of Plaquemines where he said funding for the seafood industry was crucial.
In bayou communities, seafood is big business and without it the impacts can be felt statewide. In these communities, many residents are still without electricity and housing is still needed. It will be a long road to recovery.
“It’s heartbreaking,” said Nungesser, who cares a lot about Louisiana’s seafood industry.
“My father was in the shrimp business. I know after a hurricane shrimp are everywhere. We have to get these people back there to make a living. We need to have places for them to live, ”he said. “We have to be able to put that energy back into these plants and the water, so when they catch like what we saw this morning, they have to sell it right away. They have no way of keeping the cold, so we have to work on this. “
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Not to mention that the seafood industry is experiencing a labor shortage, as many were affected by Hurricane Ida.
“We should be doing absolutely everything we can now, to get people back and protect ourselves from new storms,” Nungesser said.
He says he is pushing for more funding for those affected in this region – funding for shrimpers, crabbers and fishermen. This funding not only to rebuild those in the industry, but also to make this region stronger in the future.
“We must harden the [electrical] grid across Louisiana, ”he said. “I went to ask all of my lieutenant governors to write to their members of Congress and senators and ask them to support it because it is not just about hurricanes. It’s fires, winds, tornadoes. We need the grid to be completely hardened.
Seeing the needs only amplified Nungesser’s stance on the Mid-Barataria sediment diversion project – something he is very passionate about and against. He believes it will hurt the seafood industry in Louisiana.
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