Louisiana Fisheries Forward Summit Recap

Louisiana Fisheries Forward Summit 2020

Thank you to all who joined us at the Louisiana Fisheries Forward Summit 2020.  The event was a great success!

Produced by Louisiana Sea Grant, LSU AgCenter and the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries – with their industry partners – it is part of the Louisiana Fisheries Forward (LFF) education initiative and featured hands-on demonstrations and an open trade show that helped participants connect with the changing world of seafood.

Summit is currently held every two years; more information will be forthcoming about a future event.

Fishing for the Future Recap

The commercial fishing industry in Louisiana has experienced changes within its demographics. Specifically, issues include aging of the fleet, (i.e., an increase in the average age of fishing vessels over time) and the graying of the fleet (i.e., an increase over time in the average age of fishing workers). While not unique to Louisiana, these changes must be addressed in order to maintain the economic viability of the commercial fishing industry into the future.

The graying of the fleet was the subject of an interactive session held at the Louisiana Fisheries Forward Summit (LFF) March 11, 2020 at the Pontchartrain Center in Kenner, LA. The session, entitled “Fishing for the Future,” was a moderated panel discussion in which representatives of the fishing industry discussed challenges and potential solutions to sustain the economic viability of the commercial fishing industry. The session focused primarily on socioeconomic considerations including changing human capital dynamics in the fishing and seafood industries.

The target audience was Summit attendees working in Louisiana fisheries-dependent businesses including commercial fishermen1, seafood docks and dealers, processors, retailers and charter operations. Audience input to the panel was collected in real-time throughout the session with active respondents providing input to 15 questions via electronic polling devices. This report summarizes the Background, Rationale, Format, Methods and Results of that session.

Download the Workforce Development Panel Summary Report here.