Louis Lipps

Location of Interview
Collection Name

Deepwater Horizon Oil Disaster Oral History


NOAA's Deepwater Horizon Oil Disaster Oral History documents the experience of people living in Gulf  of Mexico  oil-spill-affected fishing communities. The oral history data complements other social and economic data about the spill collected by NOAA and other governmental agencies and non-governmental organizations.

Date of Interview

Stephanie Scull-DeArmey
Linda VanZandt

Principal Investigator
Supplemental Material

Louis Lipps (b. 1950) is a crabber, owner of The Crab Trap Restaurant, and crab marketer Mr. Louis Lipps was born on September 24, 1950, in New Orleans, Louisiana, to Mr. and Mrs. Frank Joseph Lipps. After finishing high school, Lipps entered the seafood industry, crabbing, shrimping, and fishing. At the time of this interview, he was the owner and operator of The Crab Trap Restaurant in Frenier, Louisiana, as well as his crab marketing business. His children are Kenny, Dennis, and Brian Lipps, all born in New Orleans.

Scope and Content Note:
His interview addresses the following topics: : Lake Pontchartrain, freshwater diversion into Lake Pontchartrain, softshell crabs, paper-shell crabs, Hurricane Katrina, shedding crabs in tanks, crawfish, crawfish tanks, crawfish ponds, Atchafalaya Basin, marketing catches, The Crab Trap Restaurant, Venice, Louisiana, deckhand work, crabbing method, skimmer net, butterfly net, trawl net, cast net, line-and-pole fishing, regulations, BP Deepwater Horizon oil disaster, female crabs shedding eggs, damage to Lake Pontchartrain?s fisheries from dredging.

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