Louisiana’s Gulf coast: Still Teeming with Fish!
Yes there’s oil in the Gulf off Louisiana’s coast as the cleanup continues following the oil disaster, but there’s also fish, lots of hungry species as four leaders of the recreational-fishing community along with that state’s governor found out earlier this month.
At the invitation of Doug Olander, IGFA Representative and Editor-in-Chief of Sport Fishing magazine, IGFA President Rob Kramer joined other leaders of the U.S.recreational-fishing industry and Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal on an exploratory fishing trip off the coast of Louisiana, USA. In a national show of support for regional anglers, Jindal, Kramer and Olander were joined on their fishing trip by Center for Coastal Conservation President Jeff Angers; American Sportfishing Association President Mike Nussman; and Ted Venker, editor of the Coastal Conservation Association’s Tide magazine.
With coastal businesses still reeling from fisheries closures at the height of their busiest season, the group noted the importance of making whole the thousands of local businesses dependent on recreational fishing. In response, Governor Jindal promised to seek a timely resolution on reopening federal waters that remain closed to all fishing.
While the fishing was spectacular, Kramer noted that “we still need to be cognizant of the potential long-term impacts of this disaster on the fishery. It is now more important than ever to increase research and monitoring efforts in the Gulf of Mexico– for the sake of the fish, and the people who rely on them.”
For more details on the trip please go to Olander’ blog on the Sport Fishing Magazine website where Olander also has a link to a pictorial feature of what the recreational fishing leaders found.