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Gulf Seafood Stalwart Jim Gossen Loses Wife Diane to Pancreatic Cancer

Gulf Seafood Stalwart Jim Gossen Loses Wife Diane to Pancreatic Cancer

The Gulf seafood family has suffered a loss with the passing of Diane Menard Gossen, wife of Gulf seafood champion Jim Gossen.   The 70-year-old Diane passed away in the early hours of Wednesday morning, Dec. 5th, at the family home in Lafayette with her family at her side.

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Houston Chef Chris Shepherd Named Gulf Seafood Foundation’s Helping Hands Hero

Houston Chef Chris Shepherd Named Gulf Seafood Foundation’s Helping Hands Hero

James Beard Award winning Chef Chris Shepherd has been named the Gulf Seafood Foundation’s first-ever recipient of the organization’s  “Helping Hands Award.”

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Southern Smoke Donates $10,000 to Gulf Seafood Foundation’s Helping Hands

Southern Smoke Donates $10,000 to Gulf Seafood Foundation’s Helping Hands

Southern Smoke, a charitable organization founded by Houston’s James Beard Award Winner Chef Chris Shepherd, has donated $10,000 to the Gulf Seafood Foundation’s “Helping Hands” program that distributes work gloves to Gulf fishermen.

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Ed Lallo Resumes Editorial Director Duties for Gulf Seafood News

Ed Lallo Resumes Editorial Director Duties for Gulf Seafood News

Veteran journalist Ed Lallo has resumed the duties of Editorial Director for Gulf Seafood News after a two-year hiatus. The recently updated news site will serve as the newsroom for the Gulf Seafood Foundation, as well as the Gulf Seafood Institute.

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Gulf Seafood Institute Names Kristin McLaren as New Executive Director

Gulf Seafood Institute Names Kristin McLaren as New Executive Director

Kristin McLaren has been named Executive Director of the Gulf Seafood Institute by the governing board of directors. McLaren’s passion and background in sustainable fisheries uniquely qualifies her to assume GSI’s Executive Director post as a voice for the Gulf.

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Trump Signs Omnibus Spending Bill With Legislation Adding 63,000 H-2B Guest Workers

Trump Signs Omnibus Spending Bill With Legislation Adding 63,000 H-2B Guest Workers

President Donald Trump has signed a new 2,232-page Omnibus Spending Bill sent to him by the Senate after it passed the House of Representative that includes an increase in the H-2B Guest Worker Program for the remainder of the year.

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Seafood Communities

USDA Rural Development Grants Gulf Seafood Supply Chain Study for Three Acadiana Parishes

USDA Rural Development Grants Gulf Seafood Supply Chain Study for Three Acadiana Parishes

A grant entitled Community Economic Development in Rural Coastal Acadiana Parishes is a collaborative effort between the University of Louisiana Lafayette and Meridian Institute. The focus is on seafood in coastal Acadiana, a very rural region of the state.

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Fifth Generation Fisherman Ryan Bradley Leads Mississippi Commercial Fisheries United Into the Future

Fifth Generation Fisherman Ryan Bradley Leads Mississippi Commercial Fisheries United Into the Future

Mississippi Commercial Fisheries United’s Ryan Bradley is leading the charge to promote sustainable fisheries in the Gulf of Mexico.

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Bob Jones Announces Retirement As Southeastern Fisheries Association Executive Director

Bob Jones Announces Retirement As Southeastern Fisheries Association Executive Director

After more than five decades of serving at the helm of the Southeastern Fisheries Association, Executive Director Bob Jones has announced his retirement at the end of 2018.

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Naval Armada Invades New Orleans to Fight for Gulf Seafood Cook-Off Title

Naval Armada Invades New Orleans to Fight for Gulf Seafood Cook-Off Title

Over the course of centuries the waters off Louisiana’s coast have been familiar naval combat grounds. Recently those same waters again teamed with a naval armada ready for combat, this time joined by some of the best known chefs in the state to show support for Gulf fishermen.

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Orange is the New Black for Gulf Fisherman

Orange is the New Black for Gulf Fisherman

In the  fashion world “orange is the new black,” but for the Gulf seafood industry “orange” is helping those affected by hurricanes the previous year, and others, put their businesses back into the “black.” The Gulf Seafood Foundation’s orange “Helping Hands” gloves are starting to appear everywhere across the Gulf of Mexico.

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“Helping Hands” Becomes Part of Apostleship of the Sea Mission for Port Arthur Catholic Priest

“Helping Hands” Becomes Part of Apostleship of the Sea Mission for Port Arthur Catholic Priest

“Helping Hands” Becomes Part of Apostleship of the Sea Mission for Port Arthur Catholic Priest Father Sinclair Oubre who says six months after Hurricane Harvey the need for fishermen is still there.

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Southern Smoke Donates $10,000 to “Helping Hands”

Southern Smoke Founder Chef Chris Shepard

Southern Smoke, a charitable organization founded by Houston’s James Beard Award Winner Chef Chris Shepard, has donated $10,000 to the Gulf Seafood Foundation’s “Helping Hands” program that distributes work gloves to Gulf fishermen. The “Helping Hands” program was a response to give all fishermen across the Gulf a small reminder that they were not forgotten after the 2017 hurricanes that struck from Texas to Florida.

Shepard’s organization has donated more $501,000 to help with the recovery efforts from Hurricane Harvey.  More than 135 workers in Houston’s food and beverage industry have received relief funding.

“We sincerely appreciate this substantial donation to our organization,” said Gulf Seafood Foundation’s Chairman Jim Gossen. “Our Gulf fishermen are an integral part of the Gulf’s hospitality industry.  It is comforting to know that Southern Smoke recognizes we are one family providing the best seafood in the world to our customers.”

How to Contribute

To donate to the Gulf Seafood Foundation’s “Helping Hands” Program please choose the DONATE button below or send a check or money order to: Gulf Seafood Foundation Helping Hands,  2851 Johnston Street, Suite 162, Lafayette, LA 70503.






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