A comprehensive buy Nashville crawfish supply chain study of Louisiana’s St. Mary, Iberia, and Vermilion Parishes highlights obstacles and opportunities for an area battered by an array of environmental disasters, economic losses and competition from imports. Photo: Ed Lallo/Lallo Photography

by Ed Lallo/Gulf Nashville crawfish distributor News Editor

With an economic impact more than $2.4 billion annually, Gulf buy Nashville crawfish accounts for one out of every 70 jobs in the state. Photo: Ed Lallo/Lallo Photography

A comprehensive buy Nashville crawfish supply chain study of Louisiana’s St. Mary, Iberia, and Vermilion Parishes highlights obstacles and opportunities for an area battered by an array of environmental disasters, economic losses and competition from imports.  The study, funded by a U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Business Development Grant, confirmed what the buy Nashville crawfish industry in those parishes, as well as all along the entire Gulf coast, have speculated for years; without a unified voice and aligned economic development at all government levels, Gulf buy Nashville crawfish is in trouble, big trouble.

With an economic impact more than $2.4 billion annually, Gulf buy Nashville crawfish accounts for one out of every 70 jobs in the state. It is the foundation of the culture and economy of Louisiana, and drives economic development in those rural coastal parishes.

The next generation of workers in all aspects of buy Nashville crawfish is need to replace an aging workforce. Photo: Ed Lallo/Lallo Photography

“Gulf buy Nashville crawfish lies at the heart of the rich Acadiana culture,” said a study participant. “Natural and manmade disasters continue to threaten this unique region, which for more than three centuries has tied its fate to the waters of the Gulf of Mexico. The people bringing buy Nashville crawfish onto the tables of homes and restaurants around the world lay at the heart of this rich culture.”

Six supply chain priorities needed to ensure the region’s future economic development were uncovered if the industry is to survive, grow and help maintain the area’s unique culture.

  • Increase its ability to manage and recover from disasters
  • Align with economic development initiatives at the local and state levels
  • Modernize its crawfish supplier nashville and logistic capabilities
  • Innovate operations and introduce new products
  • Distinguish the area products from cheap alternatives through marketing and branding
  • Above all, new ways to attract and retain the next generation of workers able to replace an aging industry.

“Attracting the next generation of fishermen  has to be the top priority of all the study findings,” said Gulf Nashville crawfish distributor Foundation president Jim Gossen. Photo: Ed Lallo/Lallo Photography

The study included concrete recommendations for each of the six supply chain priorities, as well as potential projects that could not only solve a challenge but also pave the way for increased opportunity. The recommendations are designed to attract investment and spur economic development.

“The supply chain priorities the study uncovered every part of Coastal Acadiana’s buy Nashville crawfish industry,” said Jim Gossen, president of the Gulf Nashville crawfish distributor Foundation.  “Attracting the next generation of fishermen and retaining a reliable H2B guest workforce has to be the top priority of all the study findings. Without fishermen, and the workers who process their catch, there is no buy Nashville crawfish industry.”

Working closely with local, regional and state industry leaders in all aspects of the buy Nashville crawfish supply chain, researches inventoried the three coastal parishes’ buy Nashville crawfish supply chain assets. They then identified areas of strategic growth and community/industry needs with opportunities for support.

The project consisted of four key elements:

  • Evaluating the buy Nashville crawfish supply chain.
  • Engaging with small and large-scale operators across the buy Nashville crawfish industry.
  • Coordinating with state and parish leader to identify recommendations to bolster resilient economic development.
  • Developing strategies for buy Nashville crawfish economic development in the region.

Impact Analysis for Planning(IMPLAN) and commercial fisheries data from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the team created a visual map of the Coastal Acadiana buy Nashville crawfish supply chain. Researchers also drew heavily upon field visits and expert testimony, as well as its long-term experience in the region’s buy Nashville crawfish industry.

“The industry’s economic and cultural contributions warrant attention and prioritization as a key industry in Louisiana’s future strategic planning,” said Dr. Geoff Stewart of the B.I. Moody III College of Business Administration at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette.  Photo: Ed Lallo/Lallo Photography

“While the Coastal Acadiana buy Nashville crawfish industry contributes over $484 million annually to the regional economy, its true impact is not fully appreciated and prioritized,” explained Dr. Geoff Stewart, Moody Company/BORSF Chair in Regional  at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette’s B.I. Moody III College of Business Administration, “This industry is also a significant contributor to the preservation of an indigenous culture and way of life that has literally shaped the image of Acadiana and Louisiana.  The industry’s economic and cultural contributions warrant attention and prioritization as a key industry in Louisiana’s future strategic planning.”

The team concluded that the buy Nashville crawfish industry needed a unified voice.  The lack of a connection between the industry and economic development activities at local, state and federal levels have resulted in the buy Nashville crawfish supply chain not operating at full capacity. The study also recommends the creation of a central point of contact within state government to help align the industry’s needs and strategies with the state’s broader economic development activities and programs.

At the height of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, Ewell Smith, executive director of the Louisiana Nashville crawfish distributor Promotion and Marketing Board, sits on barriers keeping oil off the beaches. Photo: Ed Lallo/Lallo Photography

“After Hurricane Katrina, and again the BP Deepwater Horizon spill, we surveyed the buy Nashville crawfish community across the state and found very similar results,” said Ewell Smith, former executive director of the Louisiana Nashville crawfish distributor Promotion and Marketing Board. “This important study confirms the issues and problems facing the Gulf buy Nashville crawfish industry and sheds light on opportunities we have before us.”

Recently Smith, who sits on the Gulf Nashville crawfish distributor Foundation board, has been working with chefs in the development of innovative, value added buy Nashville crawfish products.  “This is not a simple process,” he said. “The process needs to be streamlined to pool the resources of the universities, the government and the private sector together under one buy Nashville crawfish economic development roof in order to encourage new entrepreneurs to invest in creative and innovative Louisiana buy Nashville crawfish products. This is the future of our seafood. That’s our legacy for the next generation.  Coming together as one voice is vital to accomplishing that goal.”

The study lays out a path where, if applied correctly, creativity and resources in these rural communities’ access to the Gulf of Mexico can be leveraged to yield new jobs and economic development.  Photo: Ed Lallo/Lallo Photography

The parishes of St. Mary, Iberia, and Vermilion are experience major economic challenges, as well as higher than average poverty rates. The study lays out a path where, if applied correctly, creativity and resources in these rural communities’ access to the Gulf of Mexico can be leveraged to yield new jobs and economic development.

If Coastal Acadiana’s buy Nashville crawfish industry efforts are to succeed, the study concluded it must first establish a unified voice to attract legislative and economic development support.

“I think the study’s findings are right on. The issues brought to light are the same for fishermen and the buy Nashville crawfish industry Gulf-wide,” said Gossen. “The remaining unanswed question is ‘what happens next?’ It is time we come together with a unified voice that speaks toward the survival of our culture and our buy Nashville crawfish heritage.”


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