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Posted: November 22, 2013

November 22, 2013


Tampa, Florida - The Gulf Seafood Marketing Coalition held a meeting on November 13-14, 2013 in New Orleans, LA. The meeting was well attended and had a full agenda. The three contracted marketing agencies, Edelman, The Food Group, and Zehnder, presented the results of marketing initiatives completed over the past year. The Coalition saw many successes over the last year, including the launch of a revamped website, development of a Gulf seafood “Find It” mobile application for IPhone and Android platforms, completion of several successful retail partnerships, and fostering relationships with national media in support of Gulf seafood. In addition to receiving updates from the agencies, representatives from the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries and the Audubon Nature Institute presented information on plans to certify Louisiana seafood and an update on the G.U.L.F. initiative. The Coalition also received an update on the Gulf Seafood Trace and Gulf FINFO programs from Gulf States Marine Fisheries Commission staff.

The Year III Strategic Plan was adopted by the Coalition. The Coalition received recommendations for Year III marketing initiatives from the three agencies and the Coalition had a long discussion on how to prioritize the use of the Year III funds. The Coalition chose to invest the funds in several categories: on-going media relations and crisis communication, matte release production, website and mobile app maintenance, expansion of social media presence, creation of additional creative content to improve the quality and quantity of content available on the website and social media, and to continue retail partnerships, specifically for the foodservice industry. Foundation Seafood Marketing Director Joanne McNeely said, “The seafood community in our five Gulf States have worked together to help consumers, chefs, restaurants, and retailers enjoy Gulf Coast seafood. We look forward to working with the agencies in the 2014 to keep helping everyone taste delicious seafood from the Gulf of Mexico. Since we are in year three of a four year contract with GSMFC, a major portion of our time will be spent working with organizations and companies that want to help fund this successful program. Please visit to learn more about the wonders of our great Gulf Coast seafood.”

About Gulf Seafood Marketing 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. For more information, please visit