Release Date: 01/04/2007

Who:  Louisiana Fishing Community Recovery Coalition, including
- Mike Voisin, Louisiana Oyster Task Force, 985-665-8494
- Harlon Pearce, Louisiana Seafood Board, 504-467-3809 
- Kevin Belanger, South Central Planning District, 985-851-2900
Representatives from the Louisiana Recovery Authority (LRA) and Shell Exploration & Production have also been invited.

What:  Strategy Briefing

When: Friday, Jan. 5 at 12:15 p.m. 

Where: Louisiana Department of Wildlife & Fisheries (LDWF), 2000 Quail Drive, Baton Rouge, Second Floor Conference Room

Why: The Louisiana Fishing Community Recovery Coalition is requesting $20 million from the LRA to fund its Back to the Dock program. 

 Hurricane-related damage to the fishing/processing families is estimated at over $400 million. The Back to the Dock program will help fishermen get back on the water, plus help rebuild a business essential to the economic structure of Louisiana.

 Coalition members are available to discuss their pending request to the LRA in anticipation of LRA's Jan. 12 vote on the funding.
The coalition includes representatives from 17 commercial and recreational fishing groups, trade associations, fisheries manager agencies and research programs.

For more information, contact Sara Ann Harris at 504-838-1170 or SaraAnn@LouisianaSeafood.com.