Louisiana Trustee Implementation Group Releases First Draft Restoration Plan
The draft restoration plan proposes using $22.3 million in Deepwater Horizon settlement funds to advance engineering and design on six coastal restoration projects intended to restore for damages to Louisiana wetlands, coastal, and nearshore habitats; in addition to habitat on federally managed lands; and bird habitat:
1. Terrebonne Basin Ridge and Marsh Creation Project: Bayou Terrebonne Increment
2. Barataria Basin Ridge and Marsh Creation Project: Spanish Pass Increment
3. Lake Borgne Marsh Creation Project: Increment One
4. Shoreline Protection at Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve
5. Queen Bess Island Restoration Project
6. Rabbit Island Restoration Project
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Become Louisiana Certified
"The primary mission of the Louisiana Seafood Certification Program is to build a unified brand
to attract consumers as well as foodservice
and seafood distribution buyers who want to be sure they’re sourcing the best-tasting seafood in the world—Louisiana Seafood."
The basic requirements along with instruction on how to apply to become a Louisiana Seafood Certified Program participant can be found here-
Louisiana Certification Program
- is to incorporate the participation of everyone involved in the Shrimp Industry, and to preserve the culture and heritage of the traditional Louisiana Shrimper. We invite anyone interested in helping LSA with this cause to send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Shrimp Story- from Louisiana Direct Seafood. Read More
- Earn a reward when you catch a tagged crab! Nicholls University is tagging and releasing 31,000 crabs to track their movements and better understand this valuable species. Read More
- Renew your Commercial Fishing License online.
- Commercial Fishermen Louisiana Sales Tax Exemption Form
LSA has opposed, and continues to oppose the creation of new Special Artificial Reef Sites, or SARS. LSA feels that this puts the burden and liability on shrimpers for avoiding artificial reefs as hazards and incurs great cost when hangs happen. We feel that these aging structures will eventually become a mind field for navigation by not only commercial fishermen but all maritime interests. Commercial fishermen are un-like recreational or charter fishing operations in that we are out at sea 24 hrs. a day in all types of weather conditions. The GPS systems used on commercial fishing vessels is not a flawless system. Signals may be lost for hours at a time having lower structures or structures receding below the water-line could be a disaster. Under these conditions, navigation becomes extremely difficult, especially when electronic equipment is negated by violent weather, rough seas, heavy rain and electrical storms in day or night conditions. We are strongly concerned about the health and wellbeing of our fishermen while at sea if any of these structures would happen to cause damage to their vessels or equipment. If the moratorium were to be lifted, LSA has suggestions for guidelines:
1. That a fund be created to compensate shrimpers who do hang on artificial reef (shrimpers are unlikely to abuse such a fund, because the cash compensation still does not cover their loss of time and the hassle to collect)
2. The equal areas subtracted from the Planning Areas is of higher shrimp trawl effort/value.
3. The program use AIS data when planning where new sites are located and that information and coordinates of new reef sites that are developed is distributed as soon as possible.
In conclusion, we support current programs and regulations and OBJECT to any changes or deviations from them that would allow the oil industry to NOT honor previous agreements and lease contracts in which they have the liability to clean-up after their oil production activities cease and return areas on which these platforms sit, back to clean fishing bottoms with no obstructions for fishing or navigation.
Hlliburton and Transocean Settlement Information.Previous Claims Filers and Certain Excluded Groups to Benefit. Information and contact numnbers can be found by clicking here.