A Terrebonne shrimp storyStories by Wilson J. Gaidry, III

9. Private fisheries

The Agencies and Institutions (A&I) needed the support of the shrimp processing factories and shrimp distribution companies and the shrimp fishermen to receive funding for their operations. Most fishermen considered government agencies and institutions involved in fisheries management adversaries, antagonist and the bureaucrats little more than welfare recipients.

If the A&I would be responsible for putting a fishermen in business and keeping him in business then the fishermen would be supportive of the A&I.

Now the perfect solution was a private fishery where chosen fishermen would be allowed to fish without fear of competition, a situation that now exists in the federal waters of the Gulf of Mexico.