Nov 24, 2009 9:06 AM by Chris Paulsen
Families first moved to the coast from France in 1770 drawn by the abundant resources and that life today continues to fish the coast. Louisiana is the nation's largest producer of shrimp, oysters and blue crab and fills a large part of the US fresh fish demand and 40 thousand Louisiana residents are directly employed in the fisheries industries continuing what our early settlers started over two hundred years ago. That seafood is one of the states best promoters luring tourist here to spend billions exploring and dining in our restaurants.
After hurricanes Katrina and Rita devastated wetlands and flooded coastal homes tourism took a nose dive by nearly 19 percent. New Orleans was hardest hit by Katrina and lost almost 25 thousand jobs.
Louisiana has large pools of oil and gas and most abundant along the coast exploration and drilling continue to harvest that resource saving what protects the industry remains top priority.
Louisiana is number one in crude oil production and number 2 in total energy production.
The state also ranks number 2 in the nation for natural gas production.
The oil and gas industry directly employs 42 thousand people spending over 2 billion in payroll and all those goods are shipped from Louisiana's ports located just inland or directly on the coast and what stands up first to protect our homes from storms, coastal wetlands.