LDWF extends deadline for fisherman and seafood dealers research survey program

The following is a press release from the LDWF:

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries has extended by an additional 90 days the deadline for eligible commercial fishermen and wholesale/retail seafood dealers to complete and submit cooperative research surveys under its $15 million Cooperative Research Survey Program.

The original deadline for applicants to submit completed surveys was March 31, 2010.  The deadline has now been extended to June 30, 2010.

The Cooperative Research Survey Program was designed to compensate eligible fishermen and certain businesses in exchange for providing key information on the recovery status of the state's commercial fisheries and fishing industries from the impacts of hurricanes Katrina, Rita, Gustav and Ike.

Application materials on salmon-colored paper were mailed to eligible resident fishermen and seafood dealers in April 2009.  LDWF sent out nearly 3,500 surveys and approximately 500 are still outstanding.

Eligible resident commercial fishermen and wholesale/retail seafood dealers who have not yet submitted their surveys should complete and return them to South Central Planning and Development Commission (SCPDC) at P.O. Box 1240, Gray, LA 70359-9902.   For additional information on eligibility or to request any other information, contact SCPDC at 1-800-630-3791 or 985-655-1051.  You may also visit their Web site at www.scpdc.org/fisheriesassistance