House gets bill to let state agents enforce sea turtle law
NEW ORLEANS - The state House has been sent a bill that would reverse a 1987 law forbidding the state Department of Wildlife and Fisheries to enforce federal laws requiring shrimp nets to include escape hatches for sea turtles.
The House Committee on Natural Resources and the Environment approved the bill without objection Wednesday after hearing that some groups and businesses are boycotting Louisiana shrimp because of the ban.
Fisheries official Randy Pausina told the committee some groups promote not buying shrimp caught off Louisiana.
The Monterey Bay Aquarium's "Seafood Watch," which is popular with environmentally conscious people, has recommended at least since 2013 that people avoid Louisiana wild-caught shrimp because of the ban.
Before passing the bill, the committee voted to make any seafood retailer who boycotts or refuses to purchase shrimp caught in Louisiana ineligible for state incentives.