Reader reaction to Reuters news
A shrimpy boat?
Louisiana fishermen losing patience over spill
State authorities on Thursday declared the shrimp season open early because of the crisis, Creppel said, so he took his 20-foot (six-meter) boat out overnight, placing framed skimmer nets in the water and catching $1,100 worth of white shrimp.
In the article you quote the owner of a 20-foot shrimp boat. Obviously you know nothing about shrimping.
A 20 foot boat is not a shrimp boat!
Possibly you should get the DVD “Forrest Gump.” It will not only entertain the most limited intelligence, but will inform you about shrimping.
U.S. Merchant Marine Captain
Our writer interviewed a number of shrimp fishermen for this story, and all said their boats were in the 20-40 foot range. None said they had a larger boat.
Indeed, BP’s pay scale for shrimp boats taking part in the clean-up is a sliding scale with the least money being paid to boats under 30 feet, and the most being paid to boats over 45 feet. The scale would seem to represent the varied size of shrimp boats in the area.
If somebody goes out regularly in a 20-foot boat and catches shrimp, I don’t mind saying he has a shrimp boat, and watching “Forrest Gump” to find out more it is an extreme sacrifice I’m not willing to make for this blog: GBU Editor
A shrimp boat sails in the Gulf of Mexico where oil leaking from the Deepwater Horizon wellhead continues to spread south of Venice, Louisiana April 30, 2010. REUTERS/Carlos Barria