“Wetland Riders” is still the single best source of information on the conflict between sport and commercial fishing interests in Louisiana and around the nation. Some of the following websites include additional information on that specific topic while, collectively, they offer a broadened perspective on commercial fishing and other sustainable wealth-creating industries.
www.aboutseafood.com - The National Fisheries Institute is the nation’s largest seafood trade association, and represents a wide spectrum of firms, from family-owned operations to multinational corporations that import seafood products. NFI is a great source for information on the nutritional benefits of seafood.
www.consumerfreedom.com - The Center for Consumer Freedom educates on food issues, and reveals funding sources and PR ploys of animal rights groups, environmental organizations and other “non-profits” that mold public opinion.
www.crcl.org - The Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana is dedicated to the restoration of South Louisiana’s rapidly eroding coastline.
www.fishingnj.org - Maintained by Nils Stolpe--industry wonk and director of the Garden State Seafood Association--this site is a clearing house for information on fish and the seafood industry.
www.cortez-fish.org - A joint effort of Cortez fishing families and anthropologist Michael Jepson, the Florida Institute for Saltwater Heritage (FISH) maintains a preserve of over 100 acres of fishery habitat, and educates the public on commercial fishing via its maritime museum.
www.iwmc.org - Eugene Lapointe’s IWMC World Conservation Trust is a global voice for sustainable use of the planet’s wild resources and the preservation of the cultures and traditions that depend upon them.
www.linc.us - Based in Tampa, Florida, and founded by environmental photojournalist Carlton Ward Jr., the Legacy Institute for Nature & Culture is a group of “conservation photographers” and other communicators who have got it right: “Shrinking numbers of people live close to the land, and there is a widening divide between popular perceptions and the realities of the natural world.” Among other projects, LINC collaborated with the Florida Institute for Saltwater Heritage (FISH) to produce the post-net-ban documentary “In Their Own Words: Perseverance and Resilience in Two “Florida Fishing Communities.”
www.louisianaseafood.com - The Louisiana Seafood Promotion and Marketing Board is a division of the state’s wildlife and fisheries agency. LSPMB offers educational packages for teachers and consumers that include “Living on the Edge,” a one-hour documentary that takes viewers onto the boats of Louisiana’s commercial fishermen.
www.marketumbrella.org - This New Orleans-based organization cultivates community markets such as its flagship Crescent City Farmers Market which offers urban consumers access to fresh foods produced by regional farmers and fishermen. Through its “White Boot Brigade” the group helps fishermen add value to their wild harvest through niche marketing. With its motto, “We connect the city to the country,” Market Umbrella out-greens those Establishment “green” groups that instead profit by severing that connection.
www.nationalfisherman.com - National Fisherman is the trade magazine for America’s commercial fishermen.
www.ncfish.org - The North Carolina Fisheries Association advocates on behalf of the state’s family fishermen in one of America’s most prolific fishing grounds.
www.ncwu.net - North Carolina Watermen United takes the holistic approach to fishery management by representing all four stakeholders in coastal resources: charter/headboat fishermen, commercial harvesters, recreational fishermen and consumers.
www.seafoodsustainability.us - The Southeastern Fisheries Association represents the commercial fishing industry in the southeastern United States. Led by industry veteran Bob Jones, the Florida-based trade group’s site offers a database of articles and commentary on current issues, and an archive of historical material that includes information on the Sunshine State’s 1994 net-ban debacle.
www.seagrant.noaa.gov - Administered through the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Sea Grant supports the responsible use of the nation’s fishery resources through university research. Extension agents in each coastal state disseminate the results of such research to the public, and work with stakeholders to seek practical applications.
www.seagrantfish.lsu.edu - A wealth of unbiased, scientifically-based information on Louisiana’s fisheries, by Louisiana Sea Grant and LSU Agricultural Extension Service.
www.southernfoodways.org - The Southern Foodways Alliance, within the Center for the Study of Southern Culture at the University of Mississippi, celebrates the region’s culinary traditions and the producers who make it all possible.
www.st.nmfs.noaa.gov/voicesfromthefisheries/about_the_project.html - “Voices from the Fisheries” is an extensive collection of oral histories by fishermen, their spouses, processing and other shoreside business workers, recreational and subsistence fishermen, scientists, marine resources managers and other stakeholders in the nation’s fisheries.
www.st.nmfs.gov/st1 - Commercial and recreational fisheries landings data, directly from NOAA’s National Marine Fisheries Service.
www.st.nmfs.noaa.gov/st1/recreational/queries/catch/time_series.html - A direct link to NOAA’s recreational fishing database.