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Seafood Watch puts La shrimp on 'avoid' list

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HOUMA, La. (AP) - A program popular with environmentally conscious people is now recommending that people avoid Louisiana wild-caught shrimp. The Monterey Bay Aquarium says that's because the state bars enforcing federal requirements for turtle escape hatches in trawls drawn in state waters.

An official at a shrimp company in Chauvin tells The Courier that some major restaurants and retailers pay attention to the aquarium's "Seafood Watch" lists.

Kim Chauvin of the Mariah Jade Shrimp Co. says that such companies include Whole Foods.

Most shrimping is done in state waters. Under a 1987 state law, Louisiana agents are forbidden to enforce federal laws requiring turtle excluder devices in state waters.

Margaret Spring, the aquarium's vice president of conservation and science, says that's a critical conservation concern.

 

Online:

Seafood Watch: www.montereybayaquarium.org/cr/seafoodwatch.aspx

Shrimp: www.montereybayaquarium.org/cr/SeafoodWatch/web/sfw_search.aspx?s=shrimp

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