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Red Snapper Allocation Top Topic at Recent Gulf Council Meeting


Red Snapper Allocation Top Topic at Recent Gulf Council Meeting

The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council recently met in Biloxi, Mississippi the former administrative capital of French Louisiana­ once named Bilocci, to discuss a number of fishery issues, including regional management for recreational red snapper and red snapper allocation.

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Bottarga – Poor Man’s Caviar Reaps Rich Benefits For Gulf Fishermen


Bottarga – Poor Man’s Caviar Reaps Rich Benefits For Gulf Fishermen

In the coastal village of Cortez, Ed Chiles has joined with business partner Seth Cripe to produces the country’s first European style artisan bottarga from the fish eggs of Gulf Grey Striped mullet. The gourmet cured mullet roe is sold at more than $100/lb. retail.

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Gulf Seafood Institute Comments on New FDA Seafood Guides for Pregnant Women


Gulf Seafood Institute Comments on New FDA Seafood Guides for Pregnant Women

The Gulf Seafood Institute will provide public comment to the Food and Drug Administration’s draft fish consumption advice entitled “Fish: What Pregnant Women Should Know.”

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Gulf State Managers Propose Controversial Plan for State Management of Red Snapper Fishery


Gulf State Managers Propose Controversial Plan for State Management of Red Snapper Fishery

Marine Resource Agency Directors from all five Gulf States recently held a closed meeting in New Orleans to craft a management framework removing the red snapper fishery from the control of the federal government and placing the fishery directly under state control.

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Gulf Seafood Institute Joins Speakers at Aquaculture and Fish Tech 101


Gulf Seafood Institute Joins Speakers at Aquaculture and Fish Tech 101

A Gulf Coast workshop will help develop training and education programs that can assist the industry, train a new generation of seafood professionals and help deliver a uniform message to the consumer.

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Three-Hundred Gulf Charter-for-Hire Captains Anxiously Await Voluntary Electronic Log Book Monitoring


Three-Hundred Gulf Charter-for-Hire Captains Anxiously Await Voluntary Electronic Log Book Monitoring

The implementation of electronic data capture by Gulf of Mexico charter-for-hire fisherman later this year will mean fisheries like Gulf Red Snapper will have a more accurate data source for use in future stock assessments.

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Labor Department Ruling Could Mean End to Processed Gulf Seafood


Labor Department Ruling Could Mean End to Processed Gulf Seafood

The Department of Labor recently announced it will no longer accept or process requests for H-2B visa prevailing wage determinations or labor certifications, a huge setback for almost every Gulf seafood processor from Florida to Texas.

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Marine Resource Education Program Southeast Demystifies Fishery Science


Marine Resource Education Program Southeast Demystifies Fishery Science

The Marine Resource Education Program Southeast, an organization created by fishermen for fishermen, will attempt to demystify the acronyms and vocabulary and equip fisherman with the tools needed to engage tough issues at a Fisheries Science Workshop to be held April 14-16 at the Hilton Bayfront in St. Petersburg, FL.

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Minnesota Governor Announces Clean Water Support That Could Benefit Gulf


Minnesota Governor Announces Clean Water Support That Could Benefit Gulf

Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton recently announced he would give his support to a law requiring streams, rivers and farm drainage systems to have a vegetative buffer. The proposal, revealed during a Minnesota Natural Resources roundtable, would create 125,000 acres of grassland that would create pheasant habitat and promote cleaner water.

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Gulf Wild Sustainability Director Honored with Seafood Champion Award


Gulf Wild Sustainability Director Honored with Seafood Champion Award

TJ Tate, the sustainability director for Gulf Wild, was presented with the Seafood Champion Award for Vision. She was recognized for her pioneering work that included video monitoring on commercial fishing boats, creating collaboration between scientists and fishermen, and marketing of bycatch to avoid waste.

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Sen. Rubio and Rep. Byrne Take Lead in Electronic Data Collection Letter to Commerce Secretary


Sen. Rubio and Rep. Byrne Take Lead in Electronic Data Collection Letter to Commerce Secretary

Senator Marco Rubio of Florida and Representative Bradley Byrne of Alabama have taken the lead on a Congressional letter addressed to Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker urging the Secretary to ensure that NOAA acts swiftly on electronic data collection funding.

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Gulf Council Faces Recreational Red Snapper Management and Other Issues


Gulf Council Faces Recreational Red Snapper Management and Other Issues

The Gulf Council recently held their first meeting of the new year in Point Clear, Alabama, a town where wealthy families from Mobile and New Orleans tried to hide from yellow fever outbreaks by escaping to the daily breeze off Mobile Bay they deemed as “good air”.

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Congressman Boustany Gives Seafood Processors A Boost With H2B Labor Letter


Congressman Boustany Gives Seafood Processors A Boost With H2B Labor Letter

Gulf Coast seafood processors and its hospitality industry rely annually on a seasonal workforce granted entry to the United States via the temporary worker H-2B visa program. Working closely with the Gulf Seafood Institute, Louisiana Congressman Boustany has led a letter to the U.S. Secretary of Labor Thomas Perez asking him to resume accepting private wage surveys.

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GSI Joins Gulf Groups to Walk Congressional Halls for Gulf Seafood


GSI Joins Gulf Groups to Walk Congressional Halls for Gulf Seafood

High heels and wingtips clicking and clacking through the marble halls of Congress, a constant buzz of voices bouncing off Gulf Senators and Representatives office walls, hands continuously pressing the flesh and passing paper after paper; these are the sights and sounds of the Gulf Seafood Institute’s second annual “Walk on the Hill” in the nation’s Capitol.

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GSI Organizes Capitol Hill Walk for Gulf Seafood Interests


GSI Organizes Capitol Hill Walk for Gulf Seafood Interests

During Washington Mardi Gras in mid-January, the offices of the Gulf coast Congressional Delegation will once again be filled with members of the Gulf Seafood Institute spreading the message of the economic and environmental importance of the Gulf of Mexico and the seafood industries that it supports.

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