La. shrimpers call for strike over low prices
BELLE CHASSE, La. - Some Louisiana shrimpers say they're going on strike over low prices.
Meeting Friday in Belle Chasse, members of the Louisiana Shrimp Association met to discuss a drop in prices paid by processors for their catch in recent weeks.
Association leaders say shrimpers want to tie up their boats to allow the association to negotiate with processors. Shrimpers say processors can operate by selling shrimp out of their freezers.
Association President Clint Guidry says the work stoppage is timed because catches generally peak in the fall and shrimpers fear prices will fall even further. Guidry hopes by then shrimpers and processors can reach an agreement.
David Veal of the American Shrimp Processors Association says processors aren't to blame and says prices are falling because imports are rebounding.