Southeast Louisiana iswhere Plaquemines is located, known to many anglers as a World Class FishingDestination. It is where the mighty Mississippi River runs through to meet thewaters of the Gulf of Mexico. The combination of saltwater and freshwater createsa perfect and incomparable breeding and feeding ground for the variety of fishspecies that make this place their habitation. Plaquemines has about 78saltwater and freshwater lakes scattered out over hundreds of miles ofcoastline. Fishing enthusiasts and veteran anglers flock to this premierfishing destination in North America to discover what Plaquemines can offer interms of fish species, bag limits, and all the fun that go with catching afish, and not just fishing.

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If others callPlaquemines as a World Class Fishing Destination, some call it the FishingParadise. It?s because Plaquemines offers unparalleled abundance of fishvarieties not found anywhere else. It won?t matter if you want to catchsaltwater, freshwater or offshore species as they come in great variety andnumbers in Plaquemines Parish. Some of the areas in Plaquemines that are knownto many anglers for their bountiful marine resources are Empire, Buras, MyrtleGrove, Venice and Pointe a la Hache. These fishing grounds have been featuredon innumerable outdoor shows for many years and have grown close to the heartsof millions of fish anglers from all over the world. Plaquemines offer localmarinas, restaurants, lodging and hotels, charter captains and professionalfishing guides for all fishing enthusiasts who want to get the wonderfulfishing experience.?

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The rich waters ofPlaquemines created a significant seafood industry as the parish is responsiblefor the world?s supply of millions of pounds of crabs, fish, oysters and shrimpsevery year. Whatever has been left by Hurricane Katrina, Plaquemines isnurturing so they can supply the world again with the finest seafood producefound in the Mississippi River and the Gulf of Mexico.? Another tungsten worm weights vibrant and thriving industry thathas been severely affected by Hurricane Katrina is the citrus industry. Slowlyrecovering from the devastation, Plaquemines citrus industry never stoppedcelebrating a festival that honors this industry.

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Plaquemines is home tothe famous Plaquemines Parish Fair and Orange Festival held every year everyfirst full weekend of December. This festival offers non-stop entertainment oflive music from some of the famous local bands, fun run, contests, carnivalrides, etc. Fun contests include orange eating and peeling, duck calling,shrimp peeling, oyster shucking , kumquat stuffing and catfish skinning. TheOrange Festival dates as far back as 1947 aimed at promoting cultivation andmarketing of the citrus crop of the parish. The citrus industry had beencrushed and crippled by record breaking winter freezes in 1951, 1962, 1963,1965, 1982, 1983, 1985 and 1989. The latest that severely hit the industry wasHurricane Katrina in 2005.

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Due to the freezes,festival celebrations were cancelled in some years. After the devastation, theparish will pick up the pieces and start growing oranges again. Orange growersproceeded to replace dead trees with new groves. And every time catastrophe willhit the industry, the resilient orange growers chose to overcome defeat withtheir relentless love and support for the orange or citrus industry. AfterKatrina, the orange industry is bouncing back, and getting ready for the bigfestival celebration later this year.?