As the pages of the calendar turn to a new year, members of the Gulf Seafood Institute will dust off overcoats and galoshes for their annual “Walk on the Hill” during January’s Washington Mardi Gras week. The purpose of the annual pilgrimage is to educate legislators on the state of Gulf fishing and seafood.
For a second time in one week, the Gulf Seafood Institute is making headlines. In an article for the New Orleans Times-Picayune three members are quoted by reporter Jed Lipinski on the importance of recently passed H-2B legislation for the survival of the Gulf seafood industry.
The Gulf Seafood Institute’s Executive Director Margaret Henderson was quoted by Baltimore Sun reporter John Fritze in a comprehensive article on H-2B legislation recently passed in the 2016 Omnibus Appropriations Bill.
Congress has passed and President Obama has signed into law a year-end spending and tax deal that includes important relief for seasonal seafood, tourism and restaurant employers around the Gulf and across the country. For more than a year, the Gulf Seafood Institute has joined with dozens of small business stakeholders to fight for the fixes included in H-2B legislation which will go into effect immediately.
Gulf Congressional Delegation Teams for Big Win for Gulf Reef Fish Accountability in 2016 Omnibus Appropriations Act
The Fiscal Year 2016 Omnibus Appropriations Act heading to the White House for a Presidential signature includes $10 million for Gulf of Mexico fisheries data collection, stock assessments and research due to the tireless efforts led by Alabama’s Senator Richard Shelby and Florida’s Representative David Jolly.
Gulf Seafood Institute’s President Harlon Pearce Appointed to NOAA’s Marine Fisheries Advisory Committee
Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker has appointed Gulf Seafood Institute’s President Harlon Pearce, along with three other new advisors, to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Marine Fisheries Advisory Committee.
Cedar Key may not be one of Florida’s more famous Keys; the Beach Boys or Jimmy Buffet ever sang its praise. Cedar Key, however, is famous among Gulf seafood lovers for its hard shell clams harvested in record numbers and shipped to restaurants around the country.
The Gulf charter-for-hire fleet is making yet another leap towards greater accountability as nearly 200 charter-for-hire boats become equipped with electronic data collection systems that will allow for accurate and real time data on red snapper and other critically important recreational species.
The House Committee on Natural Resources’ Subcommittee on Water, Power and Oceans met to a packed room filled with Gulf commercial and charter-for-hire fishermen to hear public testimony on H.R. 3094, the “Gulf States Red Snapper Management Authority Act” which gives Gulf States control of the red snapper fishery.
If you’re a Florida fisherman, or for that matter Gulf of Mexico fishermen, then you know that for year after year, there has been a need for more data, better data and more timely data. In short, a better data collection system to better manage the Gulf’s vast array of fisheries.
Steve Crockett planted the first off-bottom oysters in the Gulf as a reef restoration projects for the Mobile Bay National Estuary program. Fifteen years later Point Aux Pins Oysters is one of the largest Gulf off-bottom oyster operations supplying restaurants and grocery chains across the South.
Sitting on a beach enjoying the sunset has been a perk enjoyed by Jennifer Young during her last seven years as a food safety specialist based in Hawaii, but in her heart she missed the bayous of Louisiana and the Gulf seafood she enjoyed.