The St. Bernard Cook-off for the Coast is meant to raise awareness about Louisiana’s land loss crisis and the urgent need for coastal restoration.
Millions of migratory waterfowl throughout the Mississippi and Central flyways use the warm Louisiana marshes annually as winter or stopover grounds. Coastal Louisiana also offers the largest catch of redfish and world-class opportunities for speckled trout and bass—but this Sportsman’s Paradise is rapidly vanishing, especially in the Mississippi River Delta.
The coastline is disappearing at a rate of one football field every 100 minutes. For America’s sportsmen and women, this is a conservation crisis of national importance.
Without coastal restoration, we will continue to lose our estuary to the Gulf of Mexico and, with it, all the bounty that it brings to our kitchens and tables. The productivity of our region is reliant on a range of habitats–from the freshwater swamps that are home to alligators and crawfish to intermediate and brackish marshes where ducks, catfish and largemouth bass live and where crabs and shrimp start their life cycles.
Gretchen Hirt Gendron, Gambel Communications
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