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Double Rainbow Signals End to Randol’s Restaurant

Double Rainbow Signals End to Randol’s Restaurant

For more than 50-years Lafayette locals joined tourists from around the globe to dine on plates of Cajun crawfish and crabs, then dance off the dinner to the sounds of a Acadiana music.  That era has ended.  Restaurateur Frank Randol has closed the doors on his restaurant and associated seafood processing business.

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Hurricane Economic Assessment of Louisiana Fisheries Damage Needs Input From Seafood Community

Hurricane Economic Assessment of Louisiana Fisheries Damage Needs Input From Seafood Community

Louisiana Sea Grant and LSU AgCenter have partnered with the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries to compile an economic assessment of fisheries infrastructure damage from hurricanes that have devastated one of the State’s largest industries during the past two years.

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Delcambre Shrimper Looses Boat, Livelihood and Dignity As Provider

Delcambre Shrimper Looses Boat, Livelihood and Dignity As Provider

For every hurricane during the past 40-years Preston Dore has rode out the storms at the Delcambre docks on his shrimp boat. After Katrina, Gustav, Isaac and a host of others, both he and the boat have walked away mostly unscathed. Hurricane Ida was different. The storm has cost him his boat, his livelihood and has stripped away his dignity as a provider for his family.

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Louisiana Seafood Leaders Come Together After Hurricane Ida To Pave a Path Forward

Louisiana Seafood Leaders Come Together After Hurricane Ida To Pave a Path Forward

For almost two hours Louisiana’s seafood leaders from all sectors of the industry gathered via zoom, mobile phones at restaurants or in cars, and in a conference room in Baton Rouge to discuss the damage of Hurricane Ida’s wrath on the State’s seafood industry.  The consensus; the hurricane laid a path of destruction that has crippled almost every sector.

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For Fisherman It’s All About Ice; As Well As Food, Water, Shelter and Fuel

For Fisherman It’s All About Ice; As Well As Food, Water, Shelter and Fuel

Hurricane Ida struck the heart of Louisiana’s seafood industry as a Category 4 hurricane, wiping out homes, boats, trucks, plants and icehouses. Oyster farmers on Grand Isle lost their entire crop, processing plants from Grand Isle to Dulac lay in ruin and almost 30% of the shrimping fleet in Golden Meadow lay useless at the start of current shrimp season. “If the Louisiana seafood industry is to have any life at all in the near future,” said Gulf Seafood Foundation board member Ewell Smith, “it is all about ice.”

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Hurricane Ida Devastates Louisiana Seafood Industry, Infrastructure Completely Destroyed

Hurricane Ida Devastates Louisiana Seafood Industry, Infrastructure Completely Destroyed

DONATE NOW!!! Hurricane Ida has left a path of destruction through Louisiana, and in that path was seafood community after seafood community. Donate to the Gulf Seafood Foundation’ “Helping Hands” for Hurricane Ida.

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Seafood Industry Resource and Recovery Event in Jean Lafitte

Seafood Industry Resource and Recovery Event in Jean Lafitte

Jefferson Parish Economic Development Commission (JEDCO), in partnership with the Town of Jean Lafitte, is hosting “Focus on our Fishermen”. The evening event  on Tuesday, November 9th  at the Jean Lafitte Civic Center will provide fishermen and fisheries-related businesses access to tools and resources that can guide to recovery from Hurricane Ida.

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Ida’s Wrath Leaves Destruction and Strain on Bayou Crabbing Family

Ida’s Wrath Leaves Destruction and Strain on Bayou Crabbing Family

As one of her sons rode out the wrath of Hurricane Ida’s 170 mph winds on his shrimp boat at the dock of her seafood processing business in Dulac, Trudy Luke and her husband Timmy with the rest of the family worried what they would find when they returned home.

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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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