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Oysterman Jakov Jurisic; “Gulf Oyster Industry a Catastrophe”

Oysterman Jakov Jurisic; “Gulf Oyster Industry a Catastrophe”

Louisiana oysterman Jakov Jurisic is no stranger to adversity. The Gulf oyster industry, along with other Gulf seafood, is in a historic nosedive never before seen.  The perfect storm of too much water, a national pandemic and the closure of restaurant after restaurant have forced those in the industry to reexamine the path forward.

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Gulf Fishing Family Hurting After Hurricane Laura Destroys Cameron, Wrecks Havoc on Surrounding Area

Gulf Fishing Family Hurting After Hurricane Laura Destroys Cameron, Wrecks Havoc on Surrounding Area

The Gulf fishing fleet docked at or near Cameron, LA bore the brunt of Hurricane Laura as it roared ashore in the early hours of August 27th as a category four storm. The Gulf Seafood Foundation is calling upon government officials in Louisiana, Texas and Mississippi for an immediate coordinated seafood specific disaster relief effort for fishermen, seafood processors and the extended seafood family.

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Executive Order on Promoting American Seafood Competitiveness and Economic Growth Stirs Controversy Within Gulf Seafood Industry

Executive Order on Promoting American Seafood Competitiveness and Economic Growth Stirs Controversy Within Gulf Seafood Industry

A recent executive order on Promoting American Seafood Competitiveness and Economic Growth potentially broadens markets for the Gulf seafood industry, as well as stirred controversy within the its seafood community.

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Florida’s Aaron Welch, III Joins Gulf Seafood Foundation Board

Florida’s Aaron Welch, III Joins Gulf Seafood Foundation Board

Aaron Welch, III, owner and operator of Two Docks Shellfish in Bradenton, FL, has agreed to join the Board of Directors of the Gulf Seafood Foundation.   Welch joins Ed Chiles as the board’s second representative from the Sunshine State.

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Gulf Oyster Community Stands Ready to Assist As Restaurants Re-Open

Gulf Oyster Community Stands Ready to Assist As Restaurants Re-Open

Can you imagine no oyster bars crowded with patrons eyeing shuckers opening one perfect Gulf oyster after another?  No music crowds pressed shoulder to shoulder in Austin venues.  No crowded Bourbon Street restaurants overflowing with locals and tourists.  There is a new norm coming to the Gulf and the country, and life will be different.

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Mississippi’s Ryan Bradley Joins Gulf Seafood Foundation’s Board

Mississippi’s Ryan Bradley Joins Gulf Seafood Foundation’s Board

Ryan Bradley, a fifth-generation fisherman who serves as executive director of Mississippi Commercial Fisheries United and owner of Sea Alis Seafood Company, has joined the Board of Directors of the Gulf Seafood Foundation.

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Louisiana Oysterman Tony Tesvich’s Tales From the Gulf

Louisiana Oysterman Tony Tesvich’s Tales From the Gulf

For Louisiana oysterman Tony Tesvich the last few years have been all about water, water, and more water.  Too much, too little, poor quality, high salinity, low salinity, nitrogen, phosphates and hypoxia; over the past two years his oysters have been flooded with a host of water issues with the latest being the future plans of the Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority (CRPA).

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Fishermen Help Fishermen Find Relief From Hurricane Laura Disaster

Fishermen Help Fishermen Find Relief From Hurricane Laura Disaster

The destructive winds and storm surge of Hurricane Laura are now unwanted memories. Repairing shattered homes, businesses and lives along the storms path in southwestern Louisiana remain the task at hand. To easy the pain fishermen are reaching out to help fishermen.  A truckload of supplies donated by the North Carolina Fisheries Association and True North Seafood has reached Louisiana and being readied to help those in need.

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“A Different Breed of Cat” Recounts Fish Fights in Coastal Alabama

“A Different Breed of Cat” Recounts Fish Fights in Coastal Alabama

Former commercial fisherman Robert Fritchey documents landmark disputes between the recreational and commercial fishing industries. His latest book, A Different Breed of Cat, chronicles the battles over the use of fishing nets during the 1990’s in Alabama, where the state’s resource-management agency brokered a compromise that was hailed as the beginning of a “new age” in managing the state’s coastal fisheries. 

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Oystermen Are Original Environmentalists Use to Navigating Crisis After Crisis

Oystermen Are Original Environmentalists Use to Navigating Crisis After Crisis

Hurricanes, droughts, flooding and oil spills, the Louisiana Oyster Task Force had thought they had seen it all.  The norvell coronavirus that is sweeping through the state, the nation and the world is just one more obstacle to overcome and according to Task Force chairman Mitch Jurisich there is little doubt they will. Jurisich discusses the importance of Gulf oysters to the environment, culture and heritage of Louisiana.

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Louisiana Fisheries Forward Summit Forgoes Coronavirus For a Day

Louisiana Fisheries Forward Summit Forgoes Coronavirus For a Day

Louisiana Gulf fishermen have overcome natural and manmade setback after setback after setback. The recent Louisiana Fisheries Forward Summit at the Ponchartrain Center in Kenner, presented by the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, Louisiana Sea Grant and LSU AgCenter, was subject to to one such unforeseen setback, Covid-19, also known as the coronavirus.

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Timely Topics, Technology and Techniques Featured at 2020 Louisiana Fisheries Forward Summit

Timely Topics, Technology and Techniques Featured at 2020 Louisiana Fisheries Forward Summit

For Louisiana oysterman Tony Tesvich the last few years have been all about water, water, and more water.  Too much, too little, poor quality, high salinity, low salinity, nitrogen, phosphates and hypoxia; over the past two years his oysters have been flooded with a host of water issues and that is why he will be attending the 2020 Fisheries Forward Summit.

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