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Gonna get an assessment Ford and joining us now a report on what was discussed and what was discovered -- his Yule Smith the director of that organization you'll say thanks for being with us. Go to being here and go outside -- things -- PGA. -- everybody. Actually a -- but that's OK you got you'll tell me what what was discussed in the meeting this morning. -- hit two agenda items one was assessing the -- leave this situation where we are with our fisheries. And the second it was we are looking at a partnership with the saints we don't talk on in just a second. -- we we we addressed the board we've been working with our board and industry leaders across the state. -- see where we are -- I fisheries and obviously everything west of I -- solution is in relatively good shape. And everything is that I have appreciated it is -- you're -- -- hotel and don't throws and and then kick it down then also have to Wear official made our -- little flooding. And then both feet of course and some other areas where it would severely impacted in some ways and bad. Maybe you -- worse than Katrina so what are efficient can fishermen have really taken on the chin. And not so we're coming together see OK how we move forward. And then we start you know just how we didn't always do like like the mayor was saying hello how well prepared everybody was you know for the city. We've been -- movie -- the same expertise. Fortunately and unfortunately for -- change. -- dealing with the because we hit it about a freshman the first point put a parking music to hit. They get hit a -- so we've got a lot of experience with this. And we are the point where we get we are still getting the assessment shared those assessments come the end and we can put a dollar value to the impact. And then we're planning the trip to DC in the middle of this month to remove -- international called -- at all talking special members on the call to talk to them about the impact. And we'll have more information as we get toward the middle Rosemont as a go when we go to visit with them in Washington DC. You'll long oil in this on all your reports and not in what was the area that may have been the hardest hit out of pass through why McCloskey yesterday which is. A very important non doc therefore oyster and shrimping and crabs. And I got to tell you it was and probably worsen if it is not equal to what happened to a Katrina then and pretty much out of business them -- Those reports we're getting out across the board and I think that area got probably you know -- -- it's hard to say exactly who got hit harder. But without question they have a lot of -- down into the lot smaller docks down there. It has been all of those dogs -- they just don't like that so there's going to be a lot of need in that area and in. And we've been down this road and we know how long it takes to come back the other part it's important for us in the communications standpoint. Our job as people borders let people know the westerners out of state is still strong it's still going strong and we -- an official health and efficient. Well if we -- we have achieved those people wrong to do you bring the product market could if they're strong and they bring in part to market not just here in Louisiana across the nation. That helps us with the recovery efforts faster than those guys. Who'd been impacted. Bye bye -- despite I think. You'll one about oyster industry oyster is usually -- the hardest hit because they're filled defeatism on this problems in the water it can extend to problems with the the the resource are there any closures that have been issued and many of those areas particularly on east of both crucial. Well with with wind when it went -- concentrate -- closure with the blood on the console that is just the standard protocol to make sure everything's fine. They'll open up through the -- in the audience when situations when he is on the stage and and when I expect to see some more areas open early next week if things don't find nothing gonna go fine. So that's normal protocols you know we as a secret board we always embrace whatever department help hospitals -- just. And not so we called -- I party party number one for us in every event like this every don't like this is to consumer make sure they're getting good product to market. As far as that closure that was issued one mile offshore beginning and bill passed that -- Shawn and then extending to the east to come and out of transpired grand now. Was that discussed I'm sure that was over a cautionary move as anything been detected there as far as contamination. Well again that we do we take this train position just like we did during -- we look at what you know if it -- Or no access code scenario the former health and hospitals as close narrower view it to spotlight and fisheries has closed -- we respect that we support that 100%. All of -- could continue to be Chester just like it was -- -- germs without Collins bill and during a spill so all of pardon can go to market. When you look at the size and scope would just got close it's a rarity in that you talk and there is a few miles verses 7000 miles shoreline. And certainly in the area we still waiting on assessment is exactly what impact sort of that or all that -- all of that area -- -- wallet issues need to keep a close. They need to keep a close when the trade open. Let -- know look forward. And in anything the biggest challenge we have what we do is income that issue comes up. It and it is that's what the national media get crushed in the don't hear the rest of the story that. You know if we are pictures up and running so that hurt our commercial in the rebuilt immediate think about when the oil spill happened. We want TV for four months when we and we and we had to fight the perception -- -- grade -- people's potential for a month. I would feel coming up. That takes a lot of trauma and we're just over two years and this and I you know this is probably at three a five year challenger rebuild the market. Around the country and now this -- people you know coming up again. And did it remind everybody the nationally who don't understand -- people like we do along the coast here I just in Louisiana but our sister station. I would talk with and you'll Smith the director of Louisiana seafood promotion and marketing board -- yet another challenge they're facing in promoting Louisiana seafood and keeping it. Safe and viable and available be right back to continue our conversation -- who likes to save -- 1878. Told free number is 8668890870. And they'll likely use that text instead of the telephone is simply 8787. SpinRite. So I'm good afternoon welcome back into the think -- -- to -- go along with fuel Smith the director of Louisiana seafood promotion and marketing board kind of giving his C state in the seafood industry are following -- up passing through the area. Honda has been a small area of closure that is a precautionary move due to some. -- BP tar balls and oil washing up on the shoreline there. Are you lose any updated information about the how extensive that might be on any other areas weather has been discovered. And has it been proven to be any threat or contaminate any seafood to this point. Well. And -- again if you do -- can go to market everything I think Rashid was gonna continue to be tests like it has in the past few years. Are we don't know of any threat at this point we haven't gotten all the information back. But you know that's something that we watch very closely and -- it's -- very pleased to stay close will -- will make sure would -- myself -- -- -- Noah says was -- stay closed until we get a clearance and lyric. I got a text in here that that there is kind of -- committee alignments as my family has commercial fisherman and yes seafood is a 100% safe. And now more regulations now than there has ever been for safety. And it is just a shame that the people even some in this state -- as well as the rest of the country don't realize. That a lot of that imported seafood that comes in from countries that have no inspection whatsoever. That very small percentages of that aren't tested as it comes into this country. And to -- don't feel safe in buying bad but yet and keep away from Louisiana seafood which is tested. So lying -- just it just doesn't make sense the people just -- and I guess that's the mission is to you know and on the people who let them know what the real story that's. And and that was the second -- -- -- -- you know we talked about two other things will work on next week we have we -- eat. Louisiana seafood restaurant week which is what -- nifty campaign is. Is the we can't -- and association's campaign the commode a dining out and we have all the Russians many of our rations in this city are going to be promoting. You know it's going outside pressures to not only support. The restaurant but also support our freshman by eating the secret out in the -- and don't have a chance to also make a donation to good friend with a freshman. Any other thing that we talked about board meeting today to help us get us out at the national level working with Tom Benson and good team. Is we're on the board approved this morning. Should do reprogram a great partnership with the French and that Yugoslav national platform which is. Tom Benson they made a special. Deal with us today. To go forward. And normally these partnerships with them -- multi year deals they -- they want it to a one year deal for us making it possible person do this deal. So. So we can also build toward the Sugar Bowl so Louisiana's changing your -- the best opportunity it has ever had. Probably in the history of the sport. To align ourselves with the -- won't shrink the beloved team I mean that's all across this nation in -- national platform will be allowed to do during the broadcast. Will -- to bring a -- -- the broadcast with the with the commentators. And good -- English those kind of people get to sample Louisiana you can -- on air. At a national level which. Is about as good as it gets we're very excited the board the board is very excited about that I'm sure -- bad news -- excitement and well. One that is some exciting news and some tremendous exposure I guess those announces won't even wanna be paid if they get the beat Louisiana safe Olympic Games. How about this you'll how about this slow slow him the Super Bowl victorious saints -- powered by Louisiana seafood you. I'll I'll I'll I'll look at is we are now they hit it -- -- you're right on message that this. Right now we are now the officials she -- a bit too long strange so that's that's huge really -- you that message at a national level and -- are -- got a New York teams working on that working with the saints and we can make that we've Emeka can be really powerful tool for us as we lead up this Super -- Which at the end everybody -- that's the biggest game of the whole year. Worldwide so. That is with the golden opportunity for us to knock down from the bad that he didn't put up good message is not a Louisiana's seafood but -- fisherman. Our communities and what we do best here in new loans and across the -- Well as we've all learned you only knew better than no one else that you know hurricanes and all skills and and natural and manmade disaster is nothing. As is insidious as. Poor perception incorrect inaccurate perception that is the worst thing you can get. That's right and an end in. They have the power -- I had the opportunity. Are to -- for the for the first preceding game want to get -- Cox sports I don't opportunity Google laws. And we got the book the broadcasters Louisiana's -- treat. And I'll tell you this over all the past few decades of doing interviews where there -- a crisis and you don't promotional interviews. The minute I got all that broadcast my tax Smartphones so lighting up on -- Campbell. From any of that for regional game when you went on to -- people appreciate and from Texas I got a text from Texas all the the Puerto. The response in the polity in ourselves. Is the power that we need right now. To get this message out at a national level and incumbents and embrace the chain of embrace that they really bend over backwards to help us get a lot of it to die. To promote this product across this -- I was nothing more powerful than men and I think it's going to be successful I think the challenge is going to be -- seafood do you bring up that are present now with the Inca. A well rounded seafood platter with a lot of the different varieties would be in order which -- put. Oh I think you'll -- we -- mix it up each week so -- you don't get it. It they can get a different sampling so we can showcase all the different speeches you recruit and sometimes there will be a combination platter like we did last time we had Chuck Norris is on the planet. -- -- stuff you'll thanks for being with us we're -- it and keep this up today and anything develops on our seafood with regard to this. New developments with the movement the tar balls and all -- and well thank you thank you don't appreciate it all right you'll Smith director of Louisiana seafood promotion and marketing board prior -- or lose we'll be back with -- open phone lines. 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