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NOAA releases 2015 Fisheries Economics report; 253,000 jobs are good for the Gulf


NOAA releases 2015 Fisheries Economics report;  253,000 jobs are good for the Gulf

Across the Gulf of Mexico, commercial fishing resulted in excess of 146,000 jobs, which captured more than $21.5 billion in seafood sales. Additionally, jobs related to the recreational sector exceeded 107,000 across the Gulf, representing 19.7 million individual trips and $12 billion in direct commerce.

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Seven Seafood Organizations Support Federal Management of Red Snapper in the Gulf of Mexico


WASHINGTON, D.C. — As policy discussions ramp up in Washington over the management of the Gulf of Mexico’s iconic American Red Snapper, seven organizations are urging legislators to leave resource decisions in the hands of Federal agencies, not state commissions. In a letter to the Chairman and Ranking Member of the House Subcommittee on Interior, […]

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$100,000 Accelerator Award to Power Industry Innovations at Pensacola Bay Oyster Company


$100,000 Accelerator Award to Power Industry Innovations at Pensacola Bay Oyster Company

Hatchery concept receives top award at 2017 Innovation Awards
PENSACOLA BAY, FL — A failing oyster industry in Florida and millions of oyster lovers across the country stand to benefit from a recent business competition in which $100,000 was invested in a newly forming hatchery in downtown Pensacola.

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Fish 2.0 Business Competition Deadline Nears; Few Gulf of Mexico Proposals Boosts Chances for Late Applicants


Seafood entrepreneurs and businesses in the Gulf of Mexico have until this Friday to apply for the Fish 2.0 business competition.

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Seven Gulf Groups Endorse Chris Oliver for Asst. NOAA Administrator


Seven Gulf Groups Endorse Chris Oliver for Asst. NOAA Administrator

The Gulf Seafood Institute joined six other Gulf of Mexico seafood industry organizations in endorsing Texas-native turned North Pacific Fishery executive Chris Oliver for the open position of Assistant Administrator for NOAA Fisheries.

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Harvest Select Adds Gulf-Caught Seafood through Steel City Acquisition


Harvest Select Adds Gulf-Caught Seafood through Steel City Acquisition

(UNIONTOWN, Alabama) — Harvest Select, the Alabama seafood company with catfish as its main attraction, has acquired Birmingham-based Steel City Seafood, expanding its overall operations and product lines to include a full spectrum of wild Gulf-caught seafood and farmed products.

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Exploring Aquaculture: GSI Leading the Gulf’s Discovery of a Future with Farmed Seafood


Exploring Aquaculture: GSI Leading the Gulf’s Discovery of a Future with Farmed Seafood

NEW ORLEANS, La. (March 17, 2017) — The Gulf Seafood Institute, the advocacy organization for advancing the economic, social and environmental benefits of the Gulf of Mexico’s seafood industry, is exploring a future with aquaculture in the region.

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GSI’s Walk On The Hill talks Gulf seafood issues in 21 meetings with D.C. legislators


GSI’s Walk On The Hill talks Gulf seafood issues in 21 meetings with D.C. legislators

Gulf Seafood Institute commissioned a three-person lobby —GSI founder Harlon Pearce, board member Stan Harris, and executive director Margaret Henderson — to meet key Members of Congress, Senators and staff in 21 legislative offices about the fishery issues that impact their home states along the Gulf coast.

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Gulf Council Update from New Orleans


NEW ORLEANS, LA — The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council has moved an amendment forward to the Secretary of Commerce with the intent of increasing the reporting frequency of federally permitted charter vessels and headboats. After hearing public comment, the Council voted to require both charter vessels and headboats fishing for reef fish and […]

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GSI CONVENES TWO-DAY STRATEGIC SUMMIT; THREE PRIORITY AREAS ESSENTIAL FOR GULF SEAFOOD CHAMPIONS IN 2017


GSI CONVENES TWO-DAY STRATEGIC SUMMIT; THREE PRIORITY AREAS ESSENTIAL FOR GULF SEAFOOD CHAMPIONS IN 2017

GSI CONVENES TWO-DAY STRATEGIC SUMMIT; THREE PRIORITY AREAS ESSENTIAL IN 2017
Houston, TX — Seventeen thoughtful minds, ten newly birthed committees, and several dozen strategic initiatives…

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Council Decision Anticipated on Electronic Data Reporting for Charter Vessels


Council Decision Anticipated on Electronic Data Reporting for Charter Vessels

NEW ORLEANS, La., — The Gulf Council is poised for a final vote on several electronic reporting amendments later this month, potentially ending a decades long discussion about how to acquire better data from for-hire fishing vessels.

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Restore Council Unveils Updated Plan to Invest More than $5.4 billion in Gulf Coast Restoration


Restore Council Unveils Updated Plan to Invest More than $5.4 billion in Gulf Coast Restoration

NEW ORLEANS, La. – The Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Council (Council) has finalized its Comprehensive Plan Update to guide over $5.4 billion in investments aimed at enhancing the resources and economies of the Gulf Coast after the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. The plan was adopted unanimously by all eleven Council members.

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Justin Ehrenwerth Named President and CEO of The Water Institute of the Gulf


Justin Ehrenwerth Named President and CEO of The Water Institute of the Gulf

Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Council Executive Director to Start at Institute on January 30 BATON ROUGE, La. (December 21, 2016) – The Water Institute of the Gulf announced Wednesday that Justin Ehrenwerth will take the helm as president and CEO starting Jan. 30. Currently the executive director of the Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Council, formed […]

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Red Swamp Crawfish Withdrawn from Injurious Wildlife Petition to U.S. FWS


Red Swamp Crawfish Withdrawn from Injurious Wildlife Petition to U.S. FWS

An effort to include Louisiana’s red swamp crawfish among 43 new “Injurious Wildlife” species under the Lacey Act has been withdrawn until more analysis can be done on the bayou staple, according to the organization that filed the federal petition.

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Gulf Coast Oysters, Inc. Honored at the 12th Annual Aggie 100


Gulf Coast Oysters, Inc. Honored at the 12th Annual Aggie 100

Recognized as one of the Fastest Growing Aggie-Owned or Managed Companies in the World Texas A&M University recognized Gulf Coast Oysters, Inc. of Dickinson, TX as a member of the 2016 Aggie 100, which honors the fastest-growing companies in the world, owned or operated by Texas A&M University Former Students. Jure Slabic, president of Gulf […]

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