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Louisiana shrimp "red listed" by seafood program

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BATON ROUGE - A seafood watch program "red listed" Louisiana shrimp and recommends that people avoid the shrimp for now.

The Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch program recommends which seafood items are "best choices," "good alternatives" or items that people should "avoid." Shrimp caught and harvested in

Louisiana waters fell into the avoid category, because shrimpers' nets in Louisiana don't have turlte excluder devices that allow sea turtles to escape before drowning. Shrimp consumers we spoke with today say this won't stop them from buying Louisiana shrimp.

"Obviously we'd like to protect nature as much as possible, but we're trying to do the best we can in all walks of life. So I could care less what California has to say about our shrimp," said Barry Bellue.

"Well it's not very often that I look for people in California to give me recipe tips or to tell me what to eat. They should come to Louisiana and learn to appreciate good food. I guess I'll have to keep buying Louisiana shrimp," said Joyce Tippy.

Louisiana is the only state on the gulf coast in the avoid category. The rest of the gulf's shrimp are considered good alternatives.

A state law passed in 1987 forbids Louisiana officials from enforcing turtle excluder device requirements in state waters. The Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch ranked 5 percent of the nation's seafood in the avoid category.



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