Story by Dahr Jamail
Photography by Erika Blumenfeld
Clint Guidry is a shrimper from Lafitte, Louisiana. As we sit together, he shows me a picture of his house with 18 inches of water in it as a result of Hurricane Ike in 2008.
In his deep voice, he looks me in the eye and says, “My fear is repeating this situation, but with this water with oil on top of it.”
Guidry represents all the shrimpers in Louisiana, given that he is the Shrimp Harvester Representative on the Louisiana Shrimp Task Force that was created by the state’s governor.
Prior to this fishing season, he, like the rest of Louisiana’s fishermen, was excited for good season, with the price of shrimp per pound finally weighing more in their favor.
“We were primed for a great season,” Guidry says, “And it all got taken away.”