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NOAA Opens Door for Gulf Seafood Aquaculture


NOAA Opens Door for Gulf Seafood Aquaculture

The National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration has opened the door for expansion of aquaculture in the federal waters in the Gulf of Mexico.

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Cedar Key, Clamming Higher and Higher


Cedar Key, Clamming Higher and Higher

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.

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Gulf Seafood Institute Prepares for Annual Capitol Hill Walk


Gulf Seafood Institute Prepares for Annual Capitol Hill Walk

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.

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GSI’s Margaret Henderson Quoted On H-2B Legislation in Baltimore Sun


GSI’s Margaret Henderson Quoted On H-2B Legislation in Baltimore Sun

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.

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Merry Christmas from the Gulf Seafood Institute and Gulf Seafood News


Merry Christmas from the Gulf Seafood Institute and Gulf Seafood News

Merry Christmas from the Gulf Seafood Institute and Gulf Seafood News!

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Omnibus Spending Measure Provides H-2B Relief For Gulf Seafood


Omnibus Spending Measure Provides H-2B Relief For Gulf Seafood

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.

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Gulf Congressional Delegation Teams for Big Win for Gulf Reef Fish Accountability in 2016 Omnibus Appropriations Act


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.

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Gulf Seafood Institute’s President Harlon Pearce Appointed to NOAA’s Marine Fisheries Advisory Committee


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.

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Installation of Electronic Data Collection Moving Forward Across the Gulf Charter Fishery


Installation of Electronic Data Collection Moving Forward Across the Gulf Charter Fishery

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.

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Rep. Jolly Teams with GSI’s Hogarth on Gulf Red Snapper Legislation


Rep. Jolly Teams with GSI’s Hogarth on Gulf Red Snapper Legislation

Recently introduced legislation by Congressman David Jolly of Florida will hopefully lead to a more accurate count of red snapper and other reef fish in the Gulf of Mexico.

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Tasty Oyster Dressing Complements Holiday Meals


Tasty Oyster Dressing Complements Holiday Meals

Festive occasions. Loved ones gathered together. Familiar holiday tunes. And a delectable aroma coming from the kitchen. Must be Thanksgiving and the Holiday Season. And if a mouthwatering oyster dressing rounds out that holiday meal, well shucks, that’s some good holiday eatin’!

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Healthy Earth Team Wins First Gulf Coast Innovation Challenge


Healthy Earth Team Wins First Gulf Coast Innovation Challenge

An ambitious project to build a sustainable seafood industry with international distribution in the Sarasota-Manatee region while reviving a heritage fishing community and adding new jobs through a value-added processing plant has landed the top award in the first Gulf Coast Innovation Challenge.

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Legislation Introduced to Reform Seasonal H-2B Guest-Worker Program


Legislation Introduced to Reform Seasonal H-2B Guest-Worker Program

Legislation has been introduced in the House of Representatives to reform the H-2B seasonal guest-worker program.

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House Committee Holds Hearing on Gulf Red Snapper Legislation


House Committee Holds Hearing on Gulf Red Snapper Legislation

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.

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Red Snapper Continues Dominance at Galveston Gulf Council Meeting


Red Snapper Continues Dominance at Galveston Gulf Council Meeting

Regional management of the Gulf red snapper fishery continued to be a hot topic during the last Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council of 2015 held at the Hilton Galveston Island hotel.

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