BELLE CHASE, LA. (AP) - Things were a bit on the glum side at the Plaquemines Parish Seafood Festival.
With his voice shaking, an organizer told newly crowned seafood queen Alexandria Belair how much they were counting on her to be an ambassador for the parish seafood industry.
The shrimpers of Plaquemines Parish are not fishing these days. Many boats lie tied up at marinas as nearby fishing grounds are closed because of the massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.
Officials say those closings ensure that fresh seafood taken from the Gulf is safe. But the industry is having problems convincing buyers.