National Fisherman


The tide has fallen for the last time for oyster magnate and seafood expert Mike Voisin, who died Saturday morning after fighting for slightly more than a week to recover from a massive heart condition.

Voisin, 59, a Houma resident and owner of Motivatit Seafoods, died at 10:38 a.m. at Terrebonne General Medical Center.

The news spread rapidly Saturday morning, from Baton Rouge, where Voisin was a perennial authority during legislative sessions, to Capitol Hill, where he was supposed to be this week to host an event to promote Louisiana oysters during Washington's Mardi Gras festivities.

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Inside the Industry

The American Fisheries Society is honoring recently retired Florida Institute of Oceanography director Bill Hogarth with the Carl R. Sullivan Fishery Conservation Award — one of the nation's premier awards in fisheries science - in recognition of his long career and leadership in preserving some of the world's most threatened species, advocating for environmental protections and leading Florida's scientific response to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.

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The Marine Stewardship Council has appointed Eric Critchlow as the new U.S. Program Director. Critchlow will be based in the MSC US headquarters in Seattle. He is a former vice president of Lusamerica Foods and has over 35 years in the seafood industry.

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