Friends Of The Fishermen – About

How Your Donation Works:

Louisiana Seafood Promotion & Marketing Board

The Louisiana Seafood Promotion & Marketing Board was created by the state Legislature in 1984 to support our vast historical commercial fisheries industry. Although seafood had grown from a subsistence economy to a world class operation, it was challenged by dramatic changes in the marketplace and in the environment. The board works with the seafood community to help develop products, explore new markets, and build the Louisiana seafood brand in an effort to increase the economic value of our seafood products.

The commodities board was mandated to strengthen and revitalize the Louisiana seafood industry, to identify threats and execute strategic plans to meet them head on and overcome them. The Board is composed of 15 members appointed by the Governor, and each represents a sector of the industry: harvesters, processors/wholesalers, restauranteurs/retailers, fisheries resource managers, public health officers, and marketing specialists.

The Board’s operating budget is derived from license sales to Louisiana commercial fishermen and seafood wholesalers/retailers, as well as state and federal grants.

South Central Planning & Development Commission
Their mission is “simply to help member parishes and municipalities plan for the future.” South Central Planning performs a variety of services to meet the ever changing needs and challenges of its member governments. These services include long range planning, state and federal liaison, current issues, membership services and services to business and citizens. In all, South Central Planning is a diverse, ever changing Commission serving many different constituencies – made specially for (and by) local governments in the South Central Region.


Friends of the Fishermen Fund
30 Days after the tragedy in the Gulf, the Friends of the Fishermen Fund was officially endorsed by the Louisiana Seafood Promotion & Marketing Board, a program under the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries. All donations are collected and administered by South Central Development & Planning Commission, a 501c1 organization. Louisiana Seafood Promotion & Marketing Board chose this commission based on their exemplary work distributing funds following Hurricane Katrina directly to fishermen.

All donations are tax deductible.