Fishermen fighting for basin access
The Atchafalaya Basinkeeper organization is offering a free workshop Wednesday, Sept. 11, to educate users of the Atchafalaya Basin about the laws that protect the wetlands and the public’s right to access navigable waters.
The notion that “running water” is common to mankind has been part of the most ancient laws of Western Civilization, codified in the Magna Carta in 1215 and upheld by a U.S. court (Arnold v. Mundy) in 1821.
Confusion and obfuscation over land ownership in the Basin, with its ever-changing topography and seasonal fluctuations in water level, have led to conflict between land claimants and fishermen, especially commercial fishermen. Recent federal lawsuits have upheld the public’s right to access, but only on a lake-by-lake basis.
The seminar is being sponsored by the Town of Henderson, the Louisiana Crawfish Producers Association – West, and the Environmental Protection Agency. It is open to the public.
The seminar will begin at 6 p.m. in Henderson Town Hall.