Advisory Council

Advisory Council

The Council meets each year to review selected Louisiana Sea Grant activities and provide counsel regarding program focus, development and operations. Louisiana Sea Grant has maintained a high-profile Advisory Council for several decades. Membership is drawn from the leaders of state agencies, regional federal offices, area communities and stakeholders. The primary role of the Advisory Council has been to help guide LSG’s Strategic Plan by providing input and feedback in the development of that plan and ratifying the final version. Many Council members play a more direct, interactive role in the program by assisting with LSG’s Omnibus and Program Development proposal review process, as well as contributing to specific research and outreach programs.


Louisiana Sea Grant Advisory Council

Member Affiliation
Buddy Pausina Louisiana Oyster Dealers & Growers Association
Craig McClain Louisiana University Marine Consortium (LUMCON)
Gregory Steyer Southeastern Region, USGS
Harlon Pearce Gulf Seafood Institute
Jim Gossen Sysco Louisiana Foods
John A. Lopez, Ph.D. Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation
Jon Porthouse Coastal Habitat Restoration, National Fish & Wildlife Foundation
Johnny Bradberry Coastal Protection & Restoration Authority
Justin Ehrenwerth The Water Institute of the Gulf
Jack Montoucet  Secretary, Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries
Kalliat T. Valsaraj Vice Chancellor, LSU, Office of Research and Economic Development
Karen Gautreaux The Nature Conservancy
King Milling Governor’s Commission Coastal Restoration
Mike Liffmann National Sea Grant Office (retired)
Pat Forbes Office of Coastal Development
Phillip Elzer LSU AgCenter
Ryan Bourriaque Cameron Parish Police Jury
Sidney Coffee American Wetlands Foundation
Simone Theriot Maloz Restore or Retreat, Inc.
Suzanne Van Cooten National Weather Service/ Lower Mississippi RFC River Forecast Center
Tom Broom Retired, Shell Oil Company
Wayne Keller Grand Isle Port Commission
Wendell Verrett Twin Parish Port Commission
Patrick Banks Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries

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