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Shrimpers to protest in Baton Rouge Wednesday

BILOXI, MS (WLOX) -

Fishermen who are worried about low dock prices are taking their concerns to the Louisiana state capital Wednesday. The Louisiana Shrimp Association will be holding a morning rally in Baton Rouge.

Cassidy Billiot of Lafitte, Louisiana will be among the protestors. He wants lawmakers to convince BP to compensate fishermen who've lost money because of the oil spill.

Shrimpers say many people aren't buying shrimp because there's still a perception that Gulf seafood is not safe.

The fishermen also say they're being wrongly targeted for the recent rise in sea turtle deaths.

"They're blaming us for it, and I can't see how it could be," Billiot told WLOX News. "We hardly ever catch any turtles. And if we do, it's alive and we release them."

The rally starts at 10:30 Wednesday morning in Baton Rouge. The Louisiana Shrimp Association expects to see between 500 to 1,000 people.

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