Gulf States Marine Fisheries Commission (GSMFC) Meeting.
The Gulf States Marine Fisheries Commission was established by an act of Congress in 1949 as a compact of the five Gulf States. Its charge is: "to promote better utilization of the fisheries, marine, shell and anadromous, of the seaboard of the Gulf of Mexico, by the development of a joint program for the promotion and protection of such fisheries and the prevention of the physical waste of the fisheries from any cause."
My main reason for attending the meeting is for the Gulf states Sea Grant fisheries subcomittee meeting. I am one of two representatives from Florida Sea Grant who attends the bi-annual meeting. We meet with other Sea Grant representatives from the Gulf region to discuss current regional progams and issues. I feel honored to be apart of the group as the members are a hardworking dedicated group of professionals. I learn something from them everytime I go. Today's meeting focused on Gulf seafood marketing programs that are underway in the region. We heard from the Gulf and South Atlantic Fisheries Foundation about a multi-million dollar marketing campaign they are working on to restore people's confidence in the safety and quality of Gulf seafood. We were told about a very interesting study that looked at consumer preferences/attitudes about Gulf seafood in light of the oil spill. It is very interesting. http://louisianaseafood.com/pdf/LSPMBSeafoodPhaseI-FinalVersion.pdf
The findings from the study are a strong justification for me continuing with my seafood outreach efforts as there is still much confusion, skeptism, and questions about the safety of our region's seafood.