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Gulf United for Lasting Fisheries (G.U.L.F.)
Sustaining Our Wildlife
and Our Way of Life
A vast and productive ecosystem, the Gulf of Mexico supports an abundance of aquatic life, including numerous species of fish and shellfish. Gulf fishermen have harvested these plentiful resources for centuries, today producing more than 1.75 billion pounds of fish and shellfish annually, more than the South and Mid-Atlantic, Chesapeake, and New England fisheries combined. The Gulf now supplies nearly a third of the domestic seafood consumed in the contiguous United States; two thirds of the nation’s shrimp and oysters are harvested from Gulf waters.
The importance of responsible stewardship of these valuable resources cannot be overstated—they sustain our economy, our culture, and a way of life that goes back generations. It is with this in mind that Audubon Nature Institute has developed Gulf United for Lasting Fisheries (G.U.L.F.), a program dedicated to demonstrating and enhancing the conservation and management of our region’s fisheries. G.U.L.F joins an already impressive portfolio of conservation initiatives at Audubon Nature Institute, strengthening our commitment to “Celebrating the Wonders of Nature.”
The ultimate goal of G.U.L.F. is to ensure the fisheries our region so dearly depends on are able to thrive for the benefit of future generations. Through education and outreach, fishery improvement projects, and third-party assessment and certification of our fisheries, Audubon will highlight what makes the Gulf and its seafood so special and encourage our fisheries to go above and beyond to meet the highest international standards for responsible fisheries management. Through G.U.L.F., Audubon seeks to assure seafood buyers of the stewardship of our fisheries resources and the sustainability of Gulf seafood.
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