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Louisiana shrimp season threatened by US ethanol policy: Larry McKinney

June 16, 2014

Louisiana’s spring shrimp season is officially open, but what should be a time to celebrate the annual kickoff of a key driver of the coastal economy is now overshadowed by a looming threat to the Gulf of Mexico’s fragile ecosystem. The “dead zone” — a Connecticut-sized area of low oxygen water that kills off marine life — continues to grow in size due to U.S. ethanol policy and is threatening this year’s harvest and the coastal economy.