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Florida Maritime Museum Shares Gulf and Atlantic Fishing and Maritime Heritage

Florida Maritime Museum Shares Gulf and Atlantic Fishing and Maritime Heritage

Founded by settlers from North Carolina in the 1880’s, Cortez is one of the last historic Gulf waterfronts with a working commercial fishing village. A short walk from the Florida fishing fleet waiting to unload Gulf seafood is the Florida Maritime Museum, home to interpretive exhibits as well as an educational program studying the Florida waters.

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Florida’s Ed Chiles Joins Gulf Seafood Foundation Board

Florida’s Ed Chiles Joins Gulf Seafood Foundation Board

An internationally recognized leader in sustainability has joined the board of the Gulf Seafood Foundation.  Florida’s Ed Chiles, founder of The Chiles Group and son of former Florida Governor and Senator Lawton Chiles, has been a driving force for best sustainability practices in his Anna Maria Island community, his state, across the Gulf of Mexico and around the world.

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Bravo Top Chef Creates Dinner to Benefit Florida Oyster Farmers and Gulf Seafood Foundation at Barleybrine

Bravo Top Chef Creates Dinner to Benefit Florida Oyster Farmers and Gulf Seafood Foundation at Barleybrine

The recent Blue Collards’ Barleybrine Oyster & Craft Beer Weekend rallied craft brewers, celebrity chefs and beer-loving foodies to help Florida oyster growers affected by the hurricane.  The dinner prepared by Chef Kelsey Barnard-Clark, winner of the latest season of Top Chef, raised funds for the Gulf Seafood Foundation’s “Helping Hands” relief efforts which distributes work gloves to fishermen, as well as other need aid.

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Gulf Seafood Foundation Announces New Board Officers

Gulf Seafood Foundation Announces New Board Officers

The Gulf Seafood Foundation has announced a new slate of officers for 2019.  Former Sysco Louisiana Seafood chairman Jim Gossen, a native of Lafayette, LA living in Houston, TX, will remain as the President of the organization formed to support and promote the high standards of the Gulf’s vast commercial and recreational fisheries industry.

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Beth Walton and Father Sinclair Oubre Join Gulf Seafood Foundation’s Board

Beth Walton and Father Sinclair Oubre Join Gulf Seafood Foundation’s Board

Alabama’s Beth Walton, Executive Director of Oyster South, and Father Sinclair Oubre, a Catholic Diocesan priest and Treasurer of the Port Arthur (Texas) Area Shrimpers Association, have joined the Gulf Seafood Foundation’s Board of Directors.

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Gulf Seafood Foundation Member Prestige Oysters First to Enter MSC Assessment

Gulf Seafood Foundation Member Prestige Oysters First to Enter MSC Assessment

The first oyster fishery in the United States has entered the Marine Stewardship Council fisheries standard assessment. Prestige Oysters of San Leon, Texas has entered full assessment for oysters harvested in Texas and Louisiana.

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Louisiana Seafood Board Grant Enables Researchers Comprehensive Examination of Seafood Supply Chain

Louisiana Seafood Board Grant Enables Researchers Comprehensive Examination of Seafood Supply Chain

A new study by the University of Louisiana Lafayette examining the people and industries on the frontlines of Gulf seafood and detailing how the industry has weathered challenges while capitalizing on opportunities for growth will be expanded to include all Louisiana parishes bordering the Gulf. A $250,000 grant by the Louisiana Seafood Promotion and Marketing Board will dovetail with an initial grant by the U.S. Department of Agriculture for the same amount expanding the initial study.

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Texas Supreme Court Ruling Keeps Oysters Under State Control

Texas Supreme Court Ruling Keeps Oysters Under State Control

A storm that brewed in Galveston Bay for the past four-years over the ownership of Texas oyster production rights has finally subsided. A Texas Supreme Court ruling and new legislation has effectively shuddered the Chamber-Liberty Counties Navigation District (CLCND) claim to lease submerged bottomland to Sustainable Texas Oyster Resource Management (STORM) for the purpose of growing oysters.

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Aquaculture Braintrust Farms Clams in Florida’s Tampa Bay

Aquaculture Braintrust Farms Clams in Florida’s Tampa Bay

In the midst of a Florida field beseeched with palmettos and pines, Two Docks Shellfish is not your typical Gulf aquaculture business.  A lawyer, a PhD, a Master and a biologist comprise the brain trust running the successful Bradenton clamming and oyster aquaculture operation.

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Bivalve re-CLAM-ation Fights Florida Red Tide in Tampa Bay

Bivalve re-CLAM-ation Fights Florida Red Tide in Tampa Bay

Cleansing the waters of the Gulf of Mexico’s Tampa Bay using northern quahog clams to combat Florida Red Tide might seem a little “out there”, but “out there” has been the trademark of Ed Chiles, founder of The Chiles Group.

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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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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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