Due to the state of emergency, the Battle for the Bayou is going to be rescheduled. The tentative date is October 19th, we will send out word soon to confirm. Same great event, just a different night! Please help us spread the word.
This has been an amazing week for the SLC! We kicked it off with a great outreach meeting on the northshore. A big thank you to Captain Dudley Vandenborre for being our guest speaker and to Fox’s Pizza for hosting us! We filled the room with concerned northshore fisherman and are happy to have them joining our ranks!
There we also got our copies of the latest “Marsh & Bayou” magazine, in which Linda Cuccia wrote an article on the Save Louisiana Coalition. The spirit of the SLC and what we are fighting for is truly captured in this article, where Linda recounts her fishing trip with the SLC’s president, Captain George Ricks saying, “As we slowly made our way out to the open water, he spoke of his childhood and the years he has spent in these waters. I knew Capt. George was not merely trying to protect his own livelihood, but an entire way of life, for generations to come.” It is wonderful to see someone who admittedly didn’t understand why anyone would fight against these diversions just a short while ago come full circle to understand the SLC so completely, it’s amazing what a fishing trip can do! If you haven’t picked up your copy of “Marsh & Bayou” yet, go do it now!
The high notes continued on Wednesday when several SLC board members and St. Bernard Parish President Dave Peralta met with Senator Vitter. The group was able to voice all of their concerns about the proposed diversions and the Senator was very interested in all they had to say. We hope this is the beginning of a continuing dialog with our representatives so Louisiana can make informed decisions in this matter as we move forward.
Finally, today I picked up my copy of “Coastal Angler.” It is jammed packed with articles and reports from the best of the best in Louisiana’s fishing industry. Captain George Ricks wrote another great article, “Truth, Justice, and Hypocrisy” giving us the truth about the dead zone, the hypocrisy of some environmental groups that are supporting the large scale diversions while suing the EPA over the polluted river, and the justice we are going to see when we save our heritage and way of life! There is a tour with Campo’s Marina owner, Robbie Campo, of his land built solely of dredged materials, land that now is thriving with vegetation and wildlife, land that survived all the hurricanes, and land that you can drive a bulldozer across! There is another article on Mitch Jurisich, his long family history in the oyster business, how they were hurt but survived all of the hurricanes and BP, and his fears that through all his family endured the river diversions may be the last straw for our oyster industry. And finally Captain Kerry Audibert, who not only has a Breton Sound fishing report, a great article on his trip where he “cleaned up” on trout with publisher Bruno Prager, but who is also featured on the cover of the magazine! Why are all these guys featured in this magazine? Because they are the best at what they do, NO ONE knows fish, crabs, oysters, or our marshes like they do. What else do all of these guys have in common? They are all board members of the Save Louisiana Coalition. They are from all areas of the fisheries, charter captains, a marina owner and crabber, and an oyster farmer, but they all agree on one thing, these proposed diversions will destroy the lives that they love along with the very marsh they are supposed to save. These men live, sleep, and breath these marshes and its waters, no one knows them better and no one could possibly want to save them more, that’s all the proof I need…..
You don’t have to be a fisherman to be affected by these diversions! The number of businesses and their employees that this will impact is huge. There are countless businesses that depend on the seafood industry to survive. We would like to thank New Orleans Fish House for joining us today in fighting for our livelihood. A petition book is now available at their New Orleans location, and their director of production, Billy Borges was the first to sign up!
Be sure to support the businesses that support us!