"Perhaps the most striking thing about Monday's opening of the fall inshore shrimp season was how much remained closed.
From the marshes of St. Bernard Parish west to Barataria Bay and Grand Isle, only a fraction of the shrimp docks were open for business after months of oil spill-related fishing closures. Many shrimpers are choosing to stick with more reliable shifts working cleanup for BP, as demand for Louisiana and Gulf seafood remains a huge uncertainty in the coming months.
In the coastal hamlet of Delacroix in St. Bernard, Curtis Morales of Island Seafood loaded up eight shrimp boats over the weekend and early Monday, in preparation for a 6 a.m. opening of white shrimp season in the inshore marshes. That's down from a usual fleet of at least 30 on past opening days, he said."