Empire is located in Plaquemines Parish, Louisiana. Empire, along with Venice, is the third biggest seafood port in the United States by weight. Some two thousand boats home port from Empire. Species landed include oysters, shrimp, menhaden, and other types of fin fish. During the BP oil spill seafood landings came to a halt. Oyster landings did not resume for an entire year. Under the Coast 2050 plan a 50,000 cfs freshwater diversion is proposed at Empire which threatens the livelihood of the fishermen and the supporting businesses by drastically altering the salinity in the surrounding marshes. With year-round hunting, fishing, golf and countless other opportunities for outdoor recreation, it is easy to see why Louisiana's nickname is "Sportsman's Paradise." Sure, that's a lot to live up to. But with thousands of hiking and biking trails, 22 State Parks, and one of the largest game preserves in the United States, Louisiana is the ultimate playground for all outdoorsmen. Our vast expanse of coastal wetlands and countless birding trails make our state a habitat for many rare and endangered species and a natural paradise for bird watchers as well. Come step into the wild outdoors of Louisiana.