Our commercial fishermen are a dying breed. High fuel costs and shrinking fisheries, as well as the constant threat of cheap foreign imports have crippled the industry.
I'm proud to come from a family of commercial fishermen. My grandfather Norbért Chabert was an oysterman from Cut Off. My father and brother worked our family crawfish farm for over twenty years. My uncle Tillman still shrimps, and to this day we still harvest alligators annually.
The success of our seafood industry is critical to thousands in our area. It is our heritage, our way of life and a vital part of our economy. I pledge to do all that I can to insure its survival.