Blogging for a Healthy Gulf

Thursday, October 16, 2014 - 8:59am

Across the nation, water and wetlands are threatened by pollution and destruction, and no one is more impacted by this than Gulf Coast residents. We swim in waters that begin as small streams, we drink water from rivers that flow from many miles away, we cast for fish that are spawned in the wetlands and we depend on wetlands to protect us from flooding. 

For the health of our coast and communities, we must speak up for clean water and healthy wetlands. 

Currently, some of our most fragile wetlands, creeks and rivers are not adequately protected against pollution and destruction. The EPA has proposed a rule to ensure Clean Water Act protections for these critical waters and wetlands across the country, but big polluters are dead set against it.

Please tell the EPA to protect the water we rely on, not the wallets of big business.

Eighteen million...

Wednesday, October 15, 2014 - 4:38pm
Bird Project Soap in silent auction

This coming Sunday we have an incredible celebration planned with music, food and drinks to benefit our coast. You can still get tickets to the Fall Fundraiser here. In addition to that, artists and businesses from all over Louisiana have donated gifts to our silent auction. Get your auction reflexes ready, here's the lineup:

If you're hungry...
Gift Certificates from Gautreau's, Mat & Naddies, Upperline, Atchafalaya & Jacques-imo's. Langlois Culinary Crossroads donated a package that combines a two-person wine-and-dine cooking class with Amy Sins' cookbook, Ruby Slippers. Also in the mix is a bottle of Tensley Syrah with Poppy Tooker's signed cookbook Louisiana Eats!

If you're artsy...
There's a framed print of Louisiana's flag by GRN's own Michael Hurst, a heron print by Pippin Frisbie-Calder, and Bird Soap by Matter Inc. two of Nancy Adams's garden inspired prints, a large painting of Annette Wiener's called Marshland Fantasy, and an etching of Louisiana on reclaimed cypress by Vincent Vumbaco.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014 - 5:03pm

Pompano Tiradito

Pompano tonight!!  Café Carmo kicks off the Gulf Fish Forever Sustainable Seafood SpecialUs Restaurant Tour with three choices of Pompano.  Pick your style:

  1. Shima sashimi – lightly marinated in the style of the Japanese tropical islands
  2. Tiradito – Peruvian style with aji Amarillo pepper sauce, toasted in corn kernels and red onion, or
  3. Creole spice and seared – seasoned with Carmo’s own creole spice and lightly torched.

The special will continue indefinitely with a portion of each dish donated to the Gulf Fish Forever Campaign.

Ongoing sustainable specials benefitting the Gulf Fish Forever Campaign can be found on SpecialUs.

Harry Lowenburg is GRN's Gulf Fish Forever Campaign Organizer...

Monday, October 13, 2014 - 4:58pm
Oil and gas canals in Lafitte oil field.
Oil and gas canals in Lafitte oil field.

We’re happy to report two pieces of good news about the Southeast Louisiana Flood Protection Authority – East’s efforts to hold oil and gas companies accountable for their role in Louisiana’s coastal land loss. Last week, a Judge ruled that Act 544, a law passed by the legislature that was designed to squash the Authority’s oil and gas accountability lawsuit, does not apply to the Flood Protection Authority. 

In the other piece of good news, two weeks ago Paul Kemp was re-nominated to the Flood Protection Authority. Governor Jindal, who is opposed to the lawsuit, sought to replace a majority of board members, including Kemp, with individuals who share his view. Re-nominating Kemp ensures that a majority of the board members continue to support the suit. 

The suit would hold the industry accountable for decades of drilling and dredging, which helped destroy the coastal marshes that...

Friday, October 10, 2014 - 11:01am

This a guest post from our friends at Octavia Books, who are partnering with us to host Mike Tidwell for an upcoming presentation and book signing. 


In partnership with the Gulf Restoration Network, we'll welcome Mike Tidewell when he returns to Octavia Books on Monday, October 20, 2014, 6:00 P.M. to celebrate the eleventh anniversary of BAYOU FAREWELL: The Rich Life and Tragic Death of Louisiana's Cajun Coast.

The Cajun coast of Louisiana is home to a way of life as unique, complex, and beautiful as the terrain itself. As award-winning travel writer Mike Tidwell journeys through the bayou, he introduces us to the food and the language, the shrimp fisherman, the Houma Indians, and the rich cultural history that makes it unlike any other place in the world. But seeing the skeletons of oak trees killed by the salinity of the groundwater, and whole cemeteries sinking into swampland...

Friday, October 3, 2014 - 1:17pm

Florida’s Nature Coast has some of the most beautiful and unique rivers, streams and springs in the world, but too many of these waterways are threatened by pumping and pollution. Take action today to urge state leaders to protect two of these amazing gems, the Chassahowitzka and Homosassa rivers.

The Chassahowitzka and Homosassa are both designated as Outstanding Florida Waters, deemed worthy of exceptional protection because of their ecological, social, educational and recreational value. Unfortunately, the Southwest Florida Water Management District is ignoring this designation and has adopted standards that would allow for the continued degradation of water quantity and quality in these rivers. A group of concerned citizens has already urged the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP) to step in, but so far FDEP has ignored their pleas.

Click here to stand with these concerned Floridians by asking for responsible...

Thursday, October 2, 2014 - 3:09pm

The Gulf of Mexico is facing a serious threat – open ocean industrial fish farms – that could harm our fisheries, marine wildlife and the people who depend on them. Despite clearly voiced objections by thousands of fishermen and coastal residents, the federal agency responsible for management of the Gulf’s fisheries, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), is finalizing rules to allow ocean fish farming in Gulf waters.

Tell NOAA that you don’t want industrial fish farms in the Gulf.

Open water fish farms have been associated with serious problems – pollution, increased parasites and diseases in wild fish, conflicts with fishermen and other ocean users, and interference with marine mammals and other wildlife. Plus, there are big concerns about how open water fish farms in the Gulf would hold up to hurricanes and tropical storms. Nonetheless, large fish farming...

Wednesday, October 1, 2014 - 10:38am

Please enjoy this a guest blog by Richard Charter, Senior Fellow with The Ocean Foundation.


Right now, the Interior Department is revisiting their policies governing the disposal of old drilling rigs and other petroleum infrastructure throughout the federal waters of our Gulf of Mexico. When an oil company signs an offshore lease contract, that includes an obligation to return the seabed to is natural state once the rig has reached the end of its economic life. Americans have every right to expect that each company will keep its promise. With thousands of rigs due for decommissioning in the next few years, we can either decide to help restore the Gulf of Mexico to its former vitality, or allow it to become a junkyard of epic proportions.

"Bring Back the Gulf" is a new book released by The Ocean Foundation and The...

Tuesday, September 30, 2014 - 2:52pm
Sunglasses and Program from Vision 2022 Update on Lake Project
Sunglasses and Program from Vision 2022 Update on Pearl River Lake Project

The Greater Jackson Partnership gave an update on its Vision 2022 plan on Thursday September 25th.  Vision 2022 was begun in 2012 as a 10 year master plan for development in downtown Jackson.  Its centerpiece is a new lake along the urban reach of the Pearl River, but there are parts of the plan that don’t depend on a lake.  Sunglasses and a speaker program were handed out to all who registered. Apparently Jackson’s future is so bright, everyone’s going to need shades.

The first update was by Mayo Flynt, of AT&T’s state corporate office. He talked about the need for a lake on the Pearl River in Jackson as the ”game changer” that has now gotten farther along than any of the previous lake plans. I didn’t hear Mr. Flynt mention flood control as even a partial reason for building the lake, although that’s how the Corps of Engineers...

Friday, September 26, 2014 - 12:00pm

Tuesday we had another confirmation that people love seafood and value sustainability.  The Gulf Fish Forever Campaign hosted the Sustainable Seafood Luncheon 2014 at Gautreau’s Restaurant.  Captain Thien Nguyen and his crew on the Queensland provided an 80-pound yellowfin tuna that was caught on the Queensland’s GreenStick Gear. The Gulf Fish Forever Campaign has been working with Captain Thien and other longline fishermen in Louisiana to secure BP damage penalty funds to pay for transitioning to gear that does not have as much wasteful discards.  To learn more: Switching Gears to Protect the Bluefin Tuna. Bobby Nguyen explained the alternative gear pilot program and why it is important for these fishermen.

Chefs Sue Zemanick and Nick Lama of Gautreau’s prepared three amazing courses of that GreenStick-caught yellowfin:
1st course: Tuna Poke, yuzu, avocado and crispy wontons
2nd course: Olive Oil Poached Tuna nicoise salad
3rd course: Seared Tuna, baby squash, rapine and salsa verde

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