EMPIRE, LA– Blessing the Daybrook Fisheries fleet is a 19 year old tradition conducted the day before fishing season starts.
Just so happens, the day also coincides with Easter and the four year anniversary of the BP oil spill.
“When the oils spill came people were considering leaving,” says Chief Operating Officer W. Borden Wallace, who credits the pride and loyalty of the 360 employees for keeping the company afloat.
“The spill definitely had a bad impact and we’re still trying to recover from that. The fish quality has not been as good as it should be,” says Wallace.
Father Joseph Tran blesses the fleet of 11 boats, praying for safety and a successful catch.
According to http://www.daybrook.com/index.html “Daybrook produces and distributes menhaden fish meal and fish oil as an important source of omega-3 fatty acids, proteins and essential minerals for high quality feed formulations in Agriculture, Aquaculture and Petfood.”
Wallace says most of Daybrook’s products manufactured from menhaden are exported, “ We’re bringing in foreign dollars. This one company here has an over 325 million dollar impact on Louisiana.”
Fishing season starts the third Monday in April and goes until November 1st.