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There is no activity perhaps more iconic within the culture of south Louisiana than fishing. Both commercial and recreational fishing have been a center piece of our way of life for generations. The fishing experiences and traditions shared between generations creates a strong and powerful connection to the coastal environments that many Louisiana residents frequent. Unfortunately, these coastal areas are no stranger to Hurricanes and harships. It is important for all of us who appreciate this unique culture to contribute to its survival so that the places where we learned to appreciate the outside world are still their to teach the next generation the joy of fishing and the importance of protecting the environment that sustains this way of life. As LEAN continues to contribute to the recovery from Hurricane Isaac, we are proud to be a partner in helping rebuild the Shell Beach community.
Shell Beach is a small fishing village on the shoreline of Lake Borgne in eastern St. Bernard Parish. For many sport fishing families, it is the place Paws Paws took Daddies and now Daddies take their sons to wet their first line.
|Frank "Blackie" Campo at Shell Beach in 2008 by Ted Jackson/The Times Picayune|
"Campo's Marina" in Shell Beach is the oldest family owned and operated marina in the state of Louisiana. Shell Beach is more than a fishing hole, it is a landmark for the sport fishing world and for 107 years the Campo family has been serving the fishing community there. Celestino Campo first started a business catering to sport fisherman in the early 1900s. His son, Frank "Blackie" Campo, the Shell Beach Marina owner, was born in 1918 and became an iconic figure in the local community until his passing in June 2008. Today, Blackie's son FJ and grandsons Robert and Michael operate the marina. The marina was rebuilt after Katrina and survived the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill Disaster just to be wiped out by Hurricane Isaac. The Campos are eager to rebuild and once again serve the needs of their community and all those that fish the waters of southeastern Louisiana. Being outside the levee system, the Shell Beach Marina is ineligible for FEMA assistance.
The Campos and the Shell Beach community need help to rebuild. ALL donations collected will be applied directly to material cost for rebuilding this iconic destination.
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Direct donations of supplies are also welcomed, please contact:Edward Trent Robinson