Community Member

Fishermen Interested in Saving Our Heritage (FISH)

Cameron, Louisiana

37-year-old fisherman Travis Dardar, left, and 43-year-old Nicole Dardar pose in front of their trailer in Cameron, Louisiana, on September 29, 2022. An expansion of liquified natural gas or LNG terminals as the war in Ukraine upends global fuel markets is putting Dardar’s way of life in jeopardy.FRANÇOIS PICARD / AFP VIA GETTY IMAGES. Truthout.

Fishermen Interested in Saving our Heritage (FISH) was founded in Cameron Parish, Louisiana in 2021 with a simple mission: Help fishermen and fight the liquified natural gas (LNG) industry. Cameron, a parish of 700 households along the shore, has become the epicenter of the Gulf Coast’s LNG expansion. Currently, five new LNG facilities are being built, with thirteen more either federally approved or proposed. These facilities are mainly about low-income and/or minority communities, exposing residents to regular “flaring” episodes, releasing dangerous chemicals whose health effects range from skin irritation and headaches to heart disease, certain types of cancer and damage to the reproductive system and internal organs. Additionally, the construction of these facilities has forced people from their homes and denied them access to docks and local waters. Through media campaigns, protests and other organized action, FISH is committed to protecting their community homes, health, environment, and their traditional way of life. 

Travis Dardar, left, and James Hiatt, right, on the Calcasieu River, Wednesday, Nov. 2, 2022. The Lens.

​​FISH is a small organization of three volunteer staff motivating a larger community-based coalition of fishermen and residents who have struggled amid a convergence of environmental and corporate crises. Hurricanes Ike and Rita in 2006 and 2008 reduced the town’s population by 76%. There are just over 300 residents of Cameron as of 2020—mostly working-class laborers and fishermen. What wasn’t destroyed by the storm is now under threat from the LNG boom. Travis Dardar, an indigenous fisherman whose family was already displaced from his hometown of Isle de Jean Charles, began FISH with his wife Nicole after being forced off of his land by a new LNG export facility. Since then, their stated purpose has been to help prevent other families from experiencing the same pain. FISH has fought to amplify their story and push back the tide of industry development. These efforts are exemplified by the organization of a fishing boat regatta on the Calcasieu River to protest the nation’s largest LNG summit in Lake Charles. The success of FISH will be measured in the protection of homes and the preservation of access to gulf waters through changes in local zoning laws, EPA enforcement, and advocating on the national level to end the permitting of oil and gas export terminals. 

For more information:

“I’m a Fisherman and Natural Gas Exports Are Killing My Way of Life.” – Newsweek, January 2023

Louisiana Fisherman Devastated After Nearby Gas Terminal Makes His Home Unliveable: “How Can They Build These Things?” – The Cooldown, July 2023

Shrimpers and environmentalists oppose growth of LNG export facilities. – KPLC 7, January 2023

“It’s Absolutely a Sacrifice Zone.” New fossil fuel terminals release greenhouse gases – and harm neighboring communities.  – Nexus Media News, February 2023

Southwest Louisiana Poised to Double Down on LNG as Market Expands. –, February 2023

Oil, Gas Exports Under Scrutiny as Heating Costs Forecast to Spike 28 Percent. – Truthout, October 2022

LNG export terminals pose a growing and invisible threat: air pollution. – Louisiana Illuminator, February 2023

Biden’s Call to Increase LNG Export Capacity on Gulf Coast is Tantamount To Sarah Palin’s Call to ‘Drill Baby Drill’ According to Environmental Advocates. – DeSmog, April 2022

Shrimpers join environmentalists in protest of LNG terminal expansions. – Louisiana Illuminator, November 2022

Fishermen, shrimpers stage boat convoy to protest methane refinery buildout in Lake Charles area. – The Lens, November 2022

Along US Gulf Coast, huge gas plants jostle for space. – Tech XPlore, October 2022

Flotilla of Shrimp Boats on Calcaseau River Protesting LNG Summit. – American Press, November 2022

Stewart Sinclair

Stewart Sinclair

Stewart L. Sinclair is a writer, editor and educator from Ventura, California. His essays, reportage and narrative nonfiction have appeared in Guernica, The Millions, The Morning News, The New Orleans Review, Creative Nonfiction’s “True Story” series and elsewhere.


Travis Dardar, Founder

Climate Impacts

Erosion-Subsidence, Flooding, Hurricanes/Tropical Storms

Environmental Justice Concerns

Air Pollution, Fighting Development/Destruction of Wildlife/Extinction of Species, Fracking/Oil and Gas Development/Pipelines, Groundwater Contamination, Hazardous/Toxic Sites, Hypoxia (Oceanic Dead Zones), Industrial Agriculture/Animal Waste, Lead Contamination, Noise/Light Pollution, Port/Transit/Highway Contamination/Noise, Sewage/Sewage Treatment


Community Organizing and Education, Fighting Industrial Contamination, Legal/permit challenges to development, contamination, pollution, etc, Policy Reform, Risk mapping and/or monitoring e.g. flooding/contaminants etc

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