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Buoyancy on the Bayou – Shrimpers Face the Rising Tide of Globalization - Cornell Scholarship Online
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Buoyancy on the Bayou: Shrimpers Face the Rising Tide of Globalization

Jill Ann Harrison


Over the past few decades, shrimp has transformed from a luxury food to a kitchen staple. While shrimp-loving consumers have benefited from the lower cost of shrimp, domestic shrimp fishers have suffered, particularly in Louisiana. Most of the shrimp that we eat today is imported from shrimp farms in China, Vietnam, and Thailand. The flood of imported shrimp has sent dockside prices plummeting, and rising fuel costs have destroyed the profit margin for shrimp fishing as a domestic industry. This book portrays the struggles that Louisiana shrimp fishers endure to remain afloat in an industry be ... More

Keywords: shrimp, domestic shrimp fishers, shrimp farms, imported shrimp, shrimp fishing, globalization, livelihood

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780801450747
Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: August 2016 DOI:10.7591/cornell/9780801450747.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jill Ann Harrison, author
Assistant Professor of Sociology, the University of Oregon

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