Two brothers in Louisiana are giving a whole new meaning to the term “Surf and Turf.” A new product launched by their company, The Oyster Bed, will not only benefit steak lovers at the dinner table, but also oystermen across the Gulf who have suffered through the two devastating hurricanes.
Through the efforts of Gulf Seafood Foundation Board Member Raz Halili of Prestige Oysters, who collaborated with State of Grace Restaurant for the silent auction, and Adity Saini of Houston’s BBVA Compass Bank who donated autographed sports memorabilia, more than $1300 was raised for Gulf fishermen.
Blackened history of Gulf Redfish documented in new book by Robert Fritchey, Missing Redfish: The Blackened History of a Gulf Coast Icon
Sitting in his Kemah, TX home on Galveston Bay, Raz Halili was sure the small tropical storm named Harvey hovering off the coast of Texas was of little concern. A week later with his family’s oyster damaged, shrimp boats sunk, fishermen’s homes underwater or destroyed he realized his miscalculations on the impact of Hurricane Harvey.
The board of directors of the Gulf Seafood Foundation has committed all funds raised for the rest of this year by the non-profit to be donated toward helping the Gulf Coastal fishing communities affected by Hurricane Harvey.
After NOAA has opened permits for federal waters, growing shell and finfish in an aquaculture setting is certainly doable in the Gulf of Mexico according to Sebastian Belle, Executive Director of the Maine Aquaculture Association.
Members of the Gulf seafood community toured Maine’s innovative aquaculture facilities to identify potential opportunities in the Gulf of Mexico. Billy Nungesser, Lt. Governor of Louisiana, sees a huge need and opportunity for his state to become an aquaculture leader in the Gulf of Mexico.