HOUMA, La. (BRPROUD) — David and Kim Chauvin have been in the seafood business for more than 30 years and they say this storm has wiped out a major part of the industry
“On the bayou, there is probably over 20 vessels either on the levy or sunk in the canal. I would estimate that we probably lost close to 25 percent of the vessels,” said David Chauvin, owner of Chauvin Seafood.
Housing appears to remain the number one issue.
“The fisherman where their vessels were not damaged they are still trying to put roofs on their houses or trying to figure out a place for their families to live,” said Chauvin.
Ice is critically important to keep the shrimp and other seafood fresh and without it, their business is dead in the water.
“We are still running crippled, we are not producing the amount of ice that we need for the amount of shrimp being caught,” said Chauvin.
Lieutenant Governor Billy Nungesser came to the area to see for himself.
“You’ve got to hear from the people, the people who need the help the most,” said Nungesser.