by Audubon Nature Institute staff
Where can you cast a fishing reel, identify local species, visit a seafood market, or hop on a fishing boat without even getting your feet wet?
The Audubon Nature Institute has opened a Louisiana fisheries exhibit at its New Orleans Audubon Aquarium of the Americas called Geaux Fish! The new exhibit highlights various game fish, bait fish, and commercial seafood of Louisiana. In addition, there are two life-sized boats with interactive fishing games, a seafood market, and play area.
The Audubon Nature Institute has opened a Louisiana fisheries exhibit at its Audubon Aquarium of the Americas called Geaux Fish! It will feature six sections that both highlight the Louisiana game fish, bait fish, and commercial seafood industries and educate visitors about the importance of preserving the Gulf of Mexico‘s abundant aquatic resources through research and conservation.
The new exhibit educates visitors on the importance of preserving the Gulf of Mexico‘s abundant aquatic resources through research and conservation.
Visitors can learn about Audubon’s latest initiative, Gulf United for Lasting Fisheries (G.U.L.F.), a program dedicated to maintaining healthy, well-managed fisheries and conserving wild habitat with a goal of affirming the region’s ecologically responsible approach to fisheries management.
“Audubon’s mission has always been to celebrate the wonders of nature, and Geaux Fish! is an exciting opportunity for us to expand our already considerable presence in the landscape of conservation through an entertaining and memorable way,” said Audubon President and CEO Ron Forman. “It is essential that we teach our children about the importance of a vibrant, well-managed marine ecosystem so we can enjoy an abundance of aquatic life in the future.”
According to the Audubon Nature Institute, Gulf fishermen harvest nearly a third of the domestic seafood consumed in the contiguous United States and two thirds of the nation’s shrimp and oysters. And thus, because of the fisheries’ importance both to Louisianians and the nation, Aubudon states that it must promote “responsible stewardship” of these resources.