Natural Resources of North Vermilion



Louisiana is a place with an abundance of natural resources. These natural resources are the main contributor to Louisiana’s economy. They include food, fuel, and other materials. Some of the natural resources found in northern Vermilion Parish include rice, sugarcane, crawfish, and natural gas.




Crawfish are also called crayfish or crawdad. They resemble a miniature lobster (Professors Lake). There are over 500 species of crawfish, found in North America, Europe, New Zealand, and East Asia, but Louisiana claims to be the “crawfish capital of the world” (Crayfish Corner). There are 35 species of crawfish found in Louisiana (TED), such as Procambarus acutus (white river crawfish) and Procambarus clarkii (red swamp crawfish)(Wagner). Crawfish are common in streams and lakes, and they are even farmed in ponds, which are harvested. They often hide under rocks or logs. They are mostly active at night, and they feed on snails, algae, insect larvae, worms, tadpoles, and some vegetation (Professors Lake). Dead fish, worms, corn, and salmon eggs are also favorites of the crawfish. When crawfish become a year old, they are most active at dusk and continue feeding until daybreak. Young crawfish are more likely to be out during bright, sunny days, while the older ones are active on cloudy days and during nights. They always walk slowly, but if startled, it will flip its tail and swim backwards to escape any danger.



Rice is the most widely eaten food in the entire world (Pearce), and northern Vermilion Parish certainly consumes a lot of it. Along its highways one can find many rice fields. They are surrounded by a small levee and are covered with water. Rice is usually a rotated crop, so it is not uncommon to see something in the same spot rice once was throughout the year. It is a grain that is very nutritionally balanced and is the basis of many foods found in the world (Gallo-Torres). Some favorites are gumbos and stews. Food is a major part of any place’s culture, and Louisiana is no exception. Without rice, we would not have many of our unique cultural traits.



South Louisiana is rich in natural resources, which indirectly leads to its richness in culture. Our economy relies heavily on these resources and the labor which comes with them. Rice and crawfish provide food and a culture unique to the entire world.




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Wagner, Brian. “A Preliminary List of Arkansas Crayfishes and Published Common
     Names,” Life in the Rocks, January – March 2004, page 4.