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Gulf Seafood Seeks New Approach to Compete With Imports

Gulf Seafood Seeks New Approach to Compete With Imports

The billion dollar question haunting the Gulf seafood industry, as well as fisheries across the U.S, is how domestic seafood can compete with imports when fish in the freezers or on the counters of almost every grocery store, and in the kitchen of almost every restaurant, comes from another country? Countries that often fail to impose any semblance of quality control or inspections.

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Mississippi Governor Bryant Heeds Gulf Coalition’s Call for Seafood Disaster

Mississippi Governor Bryant Heeds Gulf Coalition’s Call for Seafood Disaster

BREAKING NEWS:  Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards Joins Call for Seafood Disaster (via Washington Post)

Heeding the call of a seafood coalition led by the Gulf Seafood Foundation, Mississippi Commercial Fisheries United and Louisiana Lt. Governor Billy Nungesser, Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant is the first Gulf governor to petition the federal government to declare a Gulf fisheries disaster.  Flood waters from the upper Mississippi River tributaries continue to gush into delicate saltwater estuaries vital to the lifespan of a wide variety of Gulf seafood and the livelihood of fishermen and seafood processors.

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Mississippi River Course to Correct to Atchafalaya According to LSU Professor

Mississippi River Course to Correct to Atchafalaya According to LSU Professor

The Mississippi River is trying to change course into the its historic Atchafalaya Basin channel according to Dr. Jun Xu, a world-renowned hydrologist and Professor of Hydrology of Louisiana State University’sSchool of Renewable Natural Resource, in a recently released video on Bigger Pie Forum. A course correction Xu says is not a matter of “if” but “when”, placing Southern Louisiana on the verge of one of the worlds most detrimental natural disasters in history.

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Gulf Organizations Join in Call for Gulf-Wide Seafood Specific Disaster Relief

Gulf Organizations Join in Call for Gulf-Wide Seafood Specific Disaster Relief

As a result of record flooding in the central United States, the gates of the Morganza Spillway are set to send fresh water into a fragile ecosystem that is home to a wide variety of Gulf seafood. Louisiana Lt. Governor Billy Nungesser, the Gulf Seafood Foundation and other Gulf-wide organizations are calling for Gulf State governors to make a coordinated request of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to declare a state of emergency existing specific to Gulf seafood and its related industries.

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Louisiana Seafood Board Grant Enables Researchers Comprehensive Examination of Seafood Supply Chain

Louisiana Seafood Board Grant Enables Researchers Comprehensive Examination of Seafood Supply Chain

A new study by the University of Louisiana Lafayette examining the people and industries on the frontlines of Gulf seafood and detailing how the industry has weathered challenges while capitalizing on opportunities for growth will be expanded to include all Louisiana parishes bordering the Gulf. A $250,000 grant by the Louisiana Seafood Promotion and Marketing Board will dovetail with an initial grant by the U.S. Department of Agriculture for the same amount expanding the initial study.

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Florida Maritime Museum Shares Gulf and Atlantic Fishing and Maritime Heritage

Florida Maritime Museum Shares Gulf and Atlantic Fishing and Maritime Heritage

Founded by settlers from North Carolina in the 1880’s, Cortez is one of the last historic Gulf waterfronts with a working commercial fishing village. A short walk from the Florida fishing fleet waiting to unload Gulf seafood is the Florida Maritime Museum, home to interpretive exhibits as well as an educational program studying the Florida waters.

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Young Florida Clammer Overcomes Numerous Business Minefields

Young Florida Clammer Overcomes Numerous Business Minefields

A young clam farmer who “dabbles in oysters” is finding Florida aquaculture a challenging field with a host of potential minefields, especially Red Tide. For the past six years Carter Davis has farmed 16-acres in the waters off of Pine Island in Tampa Bay.  Just when he thought he was getting the hang of it, Red Tide almost put his operation out of business.

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Brian Lacey, the Next Generation of Gulf Fishermen

Brian Lacey, the Next Generation of Gulf Fishermen

Growing up in Sarasota near the historic fishing village of Cortez, Brian Lacey wasn’t born into a fishing family; it is just some he always wanted to do.  He is one of the few, the proud and the brave. No, not a Marine; the next generation of Gulf fishermen.

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Texas Supreme Court Ruling Keeps Oysters Under State Control

Texas Supreme Court Ruling Keeps Oysters Under State Control

A storm that brewed in Galveston Bay for the past four-years over the ownership of Texas oyster production rights has finally subsided. A Texas Supreme Court ruling and new legislation has effectively shuddered the Chamber-Liberty Counties Navigation District (CLCND) claim to lease submerged bottomland to Sustainable Texas Oyster Resource Management (STORM) for the purpose of growing oysters.

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Aquaculture Braintrust Farms Clams in Florida’s Tampa Bay

Aquaculture Braintrust Farms Clams in Florida’s Tampa Bay

In the midst of a Florida field beseeched with palmettos and pines, Two Docks Shellfish is not your typical Gulf aquaculture business.  A lawyer, a PhD, a Master and a biologist comprise the brain trust running the successful Bradenton clamming and oyster aquaculture operation.

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Bivalve re-CLAM-ation Fights Florida Red Tide in Tampa Bay

Bivalve re-CLAM-ation Fights Florida Red Tide in Tampa Bay

Cleansing the waters of the Gulf of Mexico’s Tampa Bay using northern quahog clams to combat Florida Red Tide might seem a little “out there”, but “out there” has been the trademark of Ed Chiles, founder of The Chiles Group.

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USDA Rural Development Grants Gulf Seafood Supply Chain Study for Three Acadiana Parishes

USDA Rural Development Grants Gulf Seafood Supply Chain Study for Three Acadiana Parishes

A grant entitled Community Economic Development in Rural Coastal Acadiana Parishes is a collaborative effort between the University of Louisiana Lafayette and Meridian Institute. The focus is on seafood in coastal Acadiana, a very rural region of the state.

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