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Future Fishing, Seafood Industry Leaders Sought

A one-year program to develop new leaders in the state’s fishing and seafood industry is being spearheaded by Louisiana Sea Grant. The application process for the Fisheries & Seafood Leadership Program (FSLP) opened this week (March 1).

“This program is perfect for emerging leaders in the seafood industry,” said Julie Falgout, Louisiana Sea Grant seafood industry liaison. “Boat owners and captains, deckhands, docks and processors, individuals in the insurance and finance industries, fisheries managers – anyone interested in helping our state’s seafood industry navigate the coming decades – should apply.”

FSLP’s first class will begin in the fall and graduate in Summer 2024. Participants will learn about:

  • Leadership skill building
  • Effective communication
  • Emerging technologies
  • Business and marketing trends
  • Commodity policy issues
  • National, state and community-level public policies
  • Economic development

FSLP tuition is $200, but scholarships may be available. Members of the first cohort will be announced in May.

“This program has been in the planning stages since before the pandemic,” said Falgout. “We’re excited about providing this opportunity to help our fishing industry become more resilient and advocate for their needs.”

For more information, contact Falgout at [email protected], (985) 856-2477 or visit

Program sponsors also are being sought.