Release Date: 08/21/2006

La. fishermen take delivery of St. Bernard/Plaquemines industrial ice machine

Who:  Governor Kathleen Blanco
  Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries
  Louisiana Seafood Promotion and Marketing Board
  Shell Oil Company
  Louisiana Sea Grant College Program
  Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Foundation

What:  Press Conference
Demonstration of Ice-Making Equipment Donated to Fishing Community

When: Wednesday, August 23
  2:30 PM

Where: 4000 block of Paris Road
  Chalmette, LA
  St. Bernard Parish vehicle depot

Why:  The Gulf Coast hurricanes of 2005 caused $1 billion worth of infrastructure damage to the $2.3 billion Louisiana fishing industry.  The Louisiana coast is home to three of the ten largest U.S. fishing docks, yet, no federal funds have yet made it to the industry for infra-structure.  The storm-related destruction of ice-making and ice storage capacity has been a significant obstacle to re-starting operations.  Ice is used to preserve the catch on the boats, at shore side facilities, and during transport of product to market, yet the current ice-making capacity along the coast is not near pre-Katrina/Rita capacity.

Shell has worked with the Louisiana Seafood Promotion & Marketing Board, the LSU Ag Center, the Louisiana Sea Grant College Program, and the Louisiana Wildlife & Fisheries Foundation to facilitate the donation of icehouses to serve St. Bernard, Plaquemines, Orleans and St. Tammany Parishes in the eastern part of the state and Cameron Parish in the west.  The $500,000 donation will enable the purchase, delivery and installation of industrial ice machines and ice storage bins.

Media Contacts: 
Ewell Smith, 504-214-3985, 
Betsy Stephenson, 703-282-6546,