Newsroom Ink’s CEO to Serve on Nicholls State Seafood Board

by / Newsroom Ink on 08/14/2014
Established in 2010 with Congressionally directed “seed’ funding, the Institute for Seafood Studies mission and goals are to develop, integrate, and conduct collaborative interdisciplinary scholarly activities with the Gulf seafood industry. Photo: Ed Lallo/Newsroom Ink

Established in 2010 with Congressionally directed “seed’ funding, the Institute for Seafood Studies mission and goals are to develop, integrate, and conduct collaborative interdisciplinary scholarly activities with the Gulf seafood industry. Photo: Ed Lallo/Newsroom Ink

by Nicholls State University Staff

Ed Lallo, CEO of Austin’s Newsroom Ink and Media Relations and Editorial Director for the Gulf Seafood Institute (GSI), has been named to Louisiana’s Nicholls State University’s 2014 Institute for Seafood Studies Advisory Board. Lallo will serve with 17 other Gulf seafood industry leaders on this year’s board.

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“It is an honor to be asked to serve with such noted seafood leaders,” said GSI’s Lallo, who is also serves as CEO of Texas based Newsroom Ink. Photo: GSI

Established in 2010 with Congressionally directed “seed’ funding, the Institute for Seafood Studies mission and goals are to develop, integrate, and conduct collaborative interdisciplinary scholarly activities with the Gulf seafood industry to foster the growth, diversification, protection, and sustainability of this nationally significant and traditional renewable resource.

“Until the Institute for Seafood Studies was established, Louisiana did not have an interdisciplinary research Institute to support and foster this vital renewable resource, said project director Dr. Marilyn B. Kilgen, of the university’s Department of Biological Sciences. “Since the Deepwater Horizon oil spill our mission has become critical as production of the Gulf’s most valuable seafood species have been greatly reduced.”

Louisiana has traditionally been one of the top producers of commercial fish in the continental United States. Photo: Gulf Seafood News

Louisiana has traditionally been one of the top producers of commercial fish in the continental United States. Photo: Gulf Seafood News

Located in Houma near the heart of the nation’s largest estuary – the Barataria-Terrebonne National Estuary, the school seeks to establish the Institute as a nationally eminent interdisciplinary program for integrated studies of seafood species.

“The goal of this program is to work collaboratively with seafood industry members, government agencies, and academic institutions to address the academic research needs of seafood species fisheries, the seafood industry, as well as related industries,” explained Lallo, who will address the rapid success of the Gulf Seafood Institute through the use of its online newsroom – Gulf Seafood News – at the upcoming IABC Southern Region Conference being held in Austin in October.

In 2010, $325,000 of Congressionally directed “seed” funding in the National Marine Fisheries Service division of NOAA was received to help establish the Institute. Since that time the Institute has more than doubled this seed funding though industry and competitive research grants for a total of $723,260.

In addition, BP contributed
$350,000 to fund four additional research projects as well as a research vessel and truck for the Institute, and $47,000 was secured from the Interstate Shellfish Sanitation Conference (ISSC) and Motivatit Seafood.

This year the board will be hearing final reports for the four initially funded ISSC projects in the areas of habitat and product development, presentations include:

  • Development of molecular biomarkers for assessment of larval populations and viability of commercially important seafood species—blue crab, penaeid shrimps, and oysters – John Doucet, Ph.D., Dean of Arts and Sciences and Distinguished Service Professor of Biological Sciences; Director of the Nicholls State University Honor’s Program
  • Interactive effects of the Deepwater Horizon crude oil and the dispersant Corexit 9500 in penaeid shrimps and the Gulf killifish – Enmin Zou, Ph.D., Professor of Biological Sciences
  • Reproductive Biomarkers of Aquatic Organisms as Indicators of Habitat Health – Gary LaFleur, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Biological Sciences and Assistant Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences
  • Louisiana Seafood Product Developmentby the Nicholls State University Chef John Folse Culinary Institute – Chef Monica Larousse, Instructor, Chef John Folse Culinary Institute
  • “It is an honor to be asked to serve with such noted seafood leaders,” said  Lallo, who is  the only non-Louisianan on the board. “I have worked closely with a number of the board members as the former editorial director of Louisiana Seafood News. I hope to bring a broader Gulf-wide perspective to the table, as well as help in obtaining national recognition for the important work being done.”

According to Kilgen, Lallo will be a valuable asset to the board not only because of his news and editorial expertise, but because his work with the seafood industry gives valuable insight and knowledge of the important issues.


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