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Published: Wednesday, April 24, 2013 at 10:04 a.m.

 With unanimous approval granted by the House last week, the Senate and Governmental Affairs Committee is the next stop for a bill that would rename the oyster hatchery in Grand Isle after late businessman Mike Voisin of Houma.

House Bill 172 by Rep. Gordon Dove, R-Houma, would change the name of the existing bivalve hatchery to the “Michael C. Voisin Hatchery.”

Now known as the Sea Grant Bivalve Hatchery, it is part of the state Department of Wildlife and Fisheries’ marine research laboratory in Jefferson Parish.

Before his death in February, Voisin championed the idea of off-bottom oyster harvesting, which is the technique being practiced and perfected at the hatchery.

“He was a pioneer in the oyster industry,” Dove told the House.

Aside from being the owner of Motivatit Seafoods, Voisin helped found the Louisiana Seafood Promotion and Marketing Board and has served as chairman of a large number of organizations ranging from the National Fisheries Institute and the Gulf and South Atlantic Fisheries Foundation to the Louisiana Seafood Processors Council and Louisiana Oyster Task Force.

All Houma-Thibodaux representatives voted for the bill.