Shrimpers Use Internet to Sell Direct to Public

by / Louisiana Seafood News on June 12, 2010

Jimmie Dupre and his wife Anna, weigh and ready shrimp to deliver to customers at Delcambre Direct Seafood.

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, on the docks in Delcambre, La.

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.

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  1. mary mcpartland says:

    How can we be assured that the shrimp is safe and not tainted. If you have some assurances, then we’ll jump in and buy it no problem. Something I’d never usually do, because I live on Long Island and we get local shrimp here, but I’d love to support our Gulf fishermen any way I can.

  2. Ashley Roth says:

    Mary,
    First, let me say that I work for the Louisiana Seafood Promotion & Marketing Board.
    Thanks so much for writing us and for realizing the importance of supporting our Gulf fishermen. Consumer safety has always been our industrys number one priority and our fishermen have supplied the nation with fresh, quality seafood for generations. While some of our waters have been closed to the spill, a large portion of our coastline remains open and unaffected by the spill. Our fishermen are able to continue to fish in these open waters with confidence, thanks to unprecedented testing of seafood and water by state agenices, such as Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, Department of Health and Federal agencies including NOAA and EPA. For those fishermen who are able to continue to work, supporting them by continuing to buy Louisiana seafood is one of the greatest things you can do to help, and please tell your friends and neighbors in Long Island to do the same!
    Ashley Roth

  3. terry benoit says:

    i would like to buy 200-300 pounds of shrimp who can i cotact to get a price, right now i get it in cameron twice a week.

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