Seafood is foundational to the culture and economy of Louisiana. It flavors Louisiana cuisine, informs Louisiana’s regional identity, and drives economic development in rural coastal parishes. With funding from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Louisiana Rural Economic Development Office, the University of Louisiana at Lafayette B.I. Moody III College of Business Administration, Louisiana Sea Grant, and the Meridian Institute partnered to examine how Louisiana can bolster its seafood industry to create jobs, food, and opportunities for new business development.
By mapping the seafood supply chain through economic data analysis and interviews with seafood industry leaders and government officials, the research team identified ways public and private investment can catalyze seafood business development in Louisiana. The report summarizes the research findings from an evaluation of the seafood supply chain in Coastal Acadiana and describes future research.