This October we’re teaming up with Audubon Nature Institute to help promote their Gulf United for Lasting Fisheries (G.U.L.F.) initiative. The G.U.L.F. program’s goal is to promote sustainable practices through holistic, science-based fishery management programs, foster a community that is knowledgeable and invested in Gulf seafood, and create a more stable and confident fishing industry in Louisiana and beyond. Do your part by serving and asking for sustainable Louisiana and Gulf Coast seafood!
• 33% of seafood landed in the US came through the gulf
• 66% of seafood landed in the gulf came through LA
• LA is the largest commercial fishery in the contiguous US
• 37% of estuary marshes in the contiguous US are in LA
• Shrimp: LA landed 47% of Gulf Total / 32% of US Total
• Blue Crab: LA landed 83% of Gulf Total / 25% of US Total
• Oysters: LA landed 55% of Gulf Total / 34% of US Total
• Crawfish: LA landed 98% of US Total
• Tuna: LA landed 70% of Gulf Total
• Red Snapper: LA landed 25% of US Total
• Drum: LA landed 62% of US Total
• Catfish: LA landed 52% of US Total
Audubon Nature Institute’s Gulf United for Lasting Fisheries (G.U.L.F.) was founded in 2012 from the need for a home-grown champion who understands and can advocate on behalf of Gulf fisheries and industry.
G.U.L.F. verifies that the natural marine resources of the Gulf of Mexico are fished responsibly, and recognizes the needs of the environment and the people who depend on that environment for their livelihood. Through our projects, we pledge to:
1. Promote sustainable practices through holistic, science-based fishery management programs
2. Foster a community that is knowledgeable and invested in Gulf seafood
3. Create a more stable and confident fishing industry
Being a trusted source of information is important to G.U.L.F., which is why communication is a cornerstone of our work. We know the discussion about sustainability goes beyond our borders, so we’re committed to connecting local, national and international voices for a broad consensus. At the same time, G.U.L.F. gives a voice to our fishing culture and economy, helping fishers and resource managers navigate environmental concerns and communicating the successes and resilience of our fisheries to audiences world-wide.
Though based in New Orleans, we have partners and contacts in all five states working together to promote and celebrate responsibly harvested Gulf seafood. By conforming to global best practices, we’re ensuring that Gulf seafood is recognized as world-class in both sustainability and quality.
Want to show your support for eating local? Grab this t-shirt from Dirty Coast and show your friends that you're Local as Shuck! The shirt will raise money for G.U.L.F. and help spread the word about the benefites of eating local.