Opening of Bonne Carre Spillway to affect seafood fishermen

POSTED: Friday, May 6, 2011 - 6:19pm

UPDATED: Monday, May 9, 2011 - 2:51pm

The Bonne Carre Spillway will be opened on May 9, and fishermen are facing a possible blow.

The clock will be ticking for fisherman, as shrimp, crab and oysters are all facing a new loss with the opening of the spillway.

The spring shrimp season opened yesterday, which is early, to allow shrimpers to catch the larger adult shrimp.

As for oystermen, the fresh water could cripple beds that avoided damage during the oil spill.

The damage will all depend on how much water they let in, and for how long.

Unlike most, crawfish farmers in the basin are welcoming the coming water, saying it will make for the best crawfish season in years.

NBC33 spoke with John Day of Seafood International, and he said this will be a major boost for the area.

This time of year, most crawfish comes from that location. So far the season has been tough, due to the low water levels in the basin.

As the water rises, crawfish will be shocked and dig into the mud, but once things stable out, the season will be a good one, with more crawfish available and lower prices.

Day says we will probably see the lowest cost per pound that's been seen in years.

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