Second Annual Nutria Rodeo Scheduled

The Second Annual Nutria Rodeo at the Larose Regional Park will be Saturday, March 23. Nutria damage between 6,000 and 10,000 acres of coastal marsh each year. Without continued control of the nutria population, the invasive species will continue to destroy the state’s vital marshes. Visit www.sassafrasla.org for more information.  

Off-bottom Oyster Culture

Louisiana Sea Grant Law and Policy Program director Jim Wilkins discusses the program’s involvement in getting state legislation adopted to allow off-bottom oyster culture. To view the video, click here.

Ecotourism Workshop March 12 at Stella Plantation

Coastal landowners, farmers, charter fishermen, marina owners, swamp tour operators and others interested in income opportunities from nature-based tourism are invited to attend the Coastal Ecotourism Workshop, sponsored by Louisiana Sea Grant and the LSU AgCenter. The workshop will be from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on March 12, at the Stella Plantation, 4881 LA 39,…

Alligator Research Facility Opening Near

Alligator is showing up on more and more restaurant menus, but the biggest profit realized from these reptiles comes from the hides, which are used in high-end consumer goods such as purses, belts, watch bands and even a $400 pair of flip-flops . In Louisiana, alligator farmers bring in nearly $47.5 million annually, with roughly…

Louisiana Certified Seafood Launched

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, in coordination with the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals, Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry, LSU AgCenter, Louisiana Sea Grant, Louisiana Seafood Promotion and Marketing Board and fisheries industry leaders, launched the Louisiana Certified Seafood Program. This origin-based certification program aims to build a unified brand that…

Coastal Science Assistantship Program Applicants Sought

The Louisiana Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority (CPRA) continues its support of a graduate assistantship opportunity called the Coastal Science Assistantship Program (CSAP). This program provides graduate assistant salaries for three years to Master of Science students both enrolled full-time at Louisiana colleges/universities and involved in research relevant to Louisiana coastal protection and restoration efforts. The Louisiana Sea Grant (LSG)…

Educational Videos for Commercial Fishermen Available Online

A series of educational videos developed as part of the Louisiana Seafood Academy are now online at http://louisianadirectseafood.com/marketing-videos. The instructional short films are a powerful new tool to aid the seafood industry. Production of the videos was funded by a Rockefeller Grant received by the Iberia Industrial Development Foundation. Both the Louisiana Sea Grant and…

Center for Natural Resource Economics & Policy Announces Second Call for Abstracts

The Center for Natural Resource Economics and Policy (CNREP) is announcing a second call for abstracts for:  CNREP 2013: Challenges of Natural Resource Economics & Policy, the 4th National Forum on Socioeconomic Research in Coastal Systems. The conference will be held March 24-26, 2013 in New Orleans, Louisiana.  This triennial forum focuses on the opportunities and…

Hurricane Isaac Water Damage Photos Sought

Louisiana Sea Grant and LSU AgCenter personnel need the public’s help in assessing flooding that occurred during Hurricane Isaac. People with photos of Isaac flooding are asked to email the images to Maurice Wolcott at mwolcott@agctr.lsu.edu with the street address of where the photo was taken. For more information, visit http://www.laseagrant.org/comm/2012/photosneeded.htm.