The Louisiana Restaurant Association, has awarded the Gulf Seafood Institute a $50,000 grant to advocate for one of the most important menu items from New Orleans to Shreveport – Gulf seafood.
The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council recently met in Orange Beach, AL, home to miles and miles of sugar-white sand beaches, as well the largest charter-for-hire recreational fishing fleet in the U.S. equipped with electronic data collection.
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.
Homeland Security’s Customs and Border Protection Commissioner R. Gil Kerlikowske listened earlier this week as members of the Gulf seafood and business communities expressed concerns over H2B visa issues, international seafood safety and testing, international food coding and other issues.
After a very successful two-year Founding Member period, GSI is now initiating its standing, long-term dues structure recently approved by the Board of Directors. With this new dues structure, GSI will be well positioned to solicit new members as the organization continues to grow in numbers and scope.
As the Department of Commerce continues to move forward with activities funded through the Omnibus Appropriations Act of 2015, Alabama Senator Richard Shelby has written Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker expressing strong concerns with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) management of the red snapper fishery.
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.”
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.
At the SeaWeb Seafood Summit held at the New Orleans Hyatt Regency it seemed that members of GSI members were everywhere; from helping visiting dignitaries get a table at a popular restaurant, giving expert testimony on panel discussions, to filleting the ever-evasive lionfish for a special chef cook-off.
With the Ash Wednesday kick off of the prime mudbug season, crawfish fanatics are in for a roller coater ride on whether peeled crawfish will be available for etouffee and other favorite dishes served across the state in famous restaurants and at home, according to Gulf Seafood Institute founding member Frank Randol.
The profile of the Gulf Seafood Institute (GSI) rose to new heights during the first month of the New Year as media after media from called upon the group for expert insight into Gulf of Mexico seafood. From CNN to Lafayette Advertiser, journalists across the country are recognizing that GSI has the experts and insights they require to tell the varied stories of 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.
For Michael Kelly, vice president of sustainable marine resources at CLS America, the only way to sustainably manage Gulf fishery resources is through new technology, and he sees the Gulf Seafood Institute committed to help make this possible.
Congressional leaders called upon two Gulf Seafood Institute board members to testify on The Gulf of Mexico Red Snapper Conservation Act of 2013. Florida’s Bob Gill and Louisiana’s Harlon Pearce represented the interests of Gulf of Mexico fishermen before the House Subcommittee on Fisheries, Wildlife, Oceans and Insular Affairs in the ongoing saga of red snapper management.