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Gulf United for Lasting Fisheries (G.U.L.F.)
Audubon Nature Institute is proud to announce a new conservation initiative: Gulf United for Lasting Fisheries.
Audubon and Our Region
The coastline of the Gulf of Mexico supplies a significant portion of the nation's seafood, thanks to a long history of excellence provided by the men and women of our fishing industry. Nearly a third of the domestic seafood consumed in the contiguous United States comes fresh from our waters. Louisiana is the number one provider of shrimp, oysters, crab, crawfish and alligator production in the USA and we’re a close second in the harvest of fin fish. Because consumers expect only the best from Gulf region products, it’s essential that our area operates at the highest standards.
We at Audubon Nature Institute care deeply about the Gulf of Mexico ecosystem and the environmental and economic benefits it provides. Fortunately, our state and federal authorities have established a fisheries management system that adheres to strict principles for the sustainable use of our fish and shellfish stocks and stewardship of the aquatic environment as a whole.
Through G.U.L.F., the Audubon Nature Institute will empower seafood buyers with the information they need to understand the responsible management of Gulf fisheries. G.U.L.F. includes three main components:
- Education and outreach through our websites and exhibits, helping the public appreciate our remarkable region, fisheries resources, and people hard at work to ensure our fisheries prosper and people enjoy Gulf seafood for generations to come.
- Fishery development programs designed to engage stakeholders in continually enhancing the science, management, and operation of our fisheries and inform the public of their progress along the way.
- Third-party assessment and certification of Gulf fisheries’ compliance with one of the most rigorous standards in the world, the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization’s Code of Conduct for Responsible Fisheries Management.
Together, these components will assure buyers of the stewardship of our fisheries resources
Come to Audubon to see our exhibits, visit our websites to learn more about our program, or contact us to learn more about the program and what G.U.L.F. is up to.
Fisheries in Assessment
Please check back with us often to hear more about our pilot fisheries!