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Gulf Coast Seafood is Back Up and Running after Hurricane Isaac


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Joanne McNeely
Gulf & South Atlantic Fisheries Foundation, Inc.
Judy Jamison, Executive Director
Gulf & South Atlantic Fisheries Foundation, Inc.


The Gulf Coast Seafood Coalition reports that Gulf Coast seafood fared well throughout the storm that hit the Gulf


TAMPA, FLORIDA – August 31, 2012 – In the wake of Hurricane Isaac that caused widespread flooding and wind damage, the Gulf Coast Seafood Coalition reports that the seafood industry survived the storm.

Since hurricanes are a part of the coastal lifestyle, residents and officials, including fisherman and the seafood industry, prepared accordingly for the storm, closing facilities and postponing harvest where necessary. Now that the storm is passed, businesses in the Gulf states are gearing back up for business.

“Our first priority was for the safety of our employees and their families, so we shut down operations at our oyster processing plant to allow them to take precautions as necessary,” said Mike Voisin, chairman of the Gulf Coast Seafood Coalition and president of Motivatit Seafood in Houma, La. “People on the Gulf know how to prepare for tropical storms, and we also know how to quickly bounce back after them.”

With Labor Day right around the corner, restaurants and tourist venues are quickly rebounding to accommodate visitors. And these visitors may have picked the perfect time to visit and enjoy fresh Gulf seafood.

“Weather disturbances in the Gulf tend to mix up the nutrients in the water, providing an enriched environment where seafood can thrive,” said Gulf Coast Seafood Coalition Executive Chef and Executive Chef of Borgne Restaurant in New Orleans, Brian Landry. “While we of course never hope for storms, their presence in the Gulf enhances our already-delicious supply of fresh Gulf Coast seafood.”

This is the perfect time to enjoy the spirit and the flavors of the Gulf. The nutrients from the Mississippi River and marshlands around the Gulf transported by the storm contribute to the deliciousness of the Gulf’s catch. As always, the thorough and routine testing for safety ensures it’s as safe as it is fresh. The resilience of the Gulf’s coastal communities is yet another reason to love the fresh, flavorful and fun experiences waiting for you on the Gulf Coast. 

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About Gulf Seafood Coalition

The Coalition provides a framework for the seafood community to coordinate marketing efforts among the Gulf States with emphasis on working with tourism boards, restaurants, retailers and chefs.  The Gulf & South Atlantic Fisheries Foundation, Inc. is coordinating the Gulf Seafood Marketing Coalition through funding provided by the Gulf States Marine Fisheries Commission’s (NOAA Award #NA10NMF4770481).  For more information, please visit and follow the Coalition on Facebook at Gulf Coast Seafood and Twitter at @eatgulfseafood. 


About Gulf & South Atlantic Fisheries Foundation, Inc.

The Foundation is a private, regional nonprofit research organization with a general membership and Board of Trustees representing a wide spectrum of the commercial fishing industry throughout the southeast U.S.   Through the Foundation, the commercial seafood and fishing industry can collectively identify industry needs, and address those needs through appropriate research and other activities.  Representing the nine-state region from Virginia to Texas, the Foundation has sponsored more than 600 fisheries related research projects. 

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