LSU professor Linda Bui says Louisiana must find a way to keep fishers employed while rebuilding and protecting its coast. In search of a solution, she traveled to Vietnam, where the Mekong River Delta shares several issues with the Mississippi River Delta.
Both rivers built land when they flooded, spreading sediment well beyond their normal courses. Then the rivers were restricted, by dams or levees, starving both deltas of new sediment. In both places, subsidence, sea level rise and coastal erosion are increasing the rate of land loss.