In the small southern Louisiana town of Delcambre, shrimpers have turned to using the Internet as a way to sell the large Gulf shrimp they catch directly to consumers.
Buyers visit the website – www.portofdelcambre.com – to find when a boat is headed for the docks with seafood.
More than 20 boats are registered to sell their catch direct as part of a new Louisiana state program.
The idea is to help fishermen survive the current man-made disaster of the enormous oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico by getting a fair price. It also dispels the incorrect perception that Louisiana seafood on the market is tainted by the spill.
Tom Hymel, LSU AgCenter watershed specialist, says, “You can call and place your order when he’s still on the water or before he goes out. This is allowing fishermen to do what they love and still make a living.”
Many shrimpers from the southeast part of the state have brought their boats west to continue working, Hymel said.
Jimmie Dupre of Delcambre, who has been fishing for 53 years, says the direct sales system is working well for him in selling his catch off his boat, the T-Turbo.
“I’ve been getting calls from all over,” he said. “I deal strictly with the public.”
Dupre says he has seen no evidence of oil and has only heard the oil is currently off-shore, away from shrimping areas. Yet, he is concerned, like many Louisiana fishermen, that a storm could push the oil into the coastline and destroy fragile marshes.