LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR BILLY NUNGESSER HOSTS ICELAND OCEAN CLUSTER

 
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July 22, 2016

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Jessica Ragusa 
Office of the Lieutenant Governor
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LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR BILLY NUNGESSER HOSTS ICELAND OCEAN CLUSTER

On July 26 and 27 the Louisiana Seafood Promotion and Marketing Board, Lieutenant Governor Billy Nungesser and several partners in the seafood industry will be visited by Dr. Thor Sigfusson of the Iceland Ocean Cluster.  

The Iceland Ocean Cluster is an incubator operation that develops businesses around innovation within the fishing industry and expanded uses for the catch. Thanks to their work, Iceland has doubled their seafood industry exports despite a 60% decrease in their overall catch by expanding into pharmaceuticals, cosmetic, fashion and more.  

Seeing their success, Maine and Alaska have also begun work on creating this economic development opportunity for their seafood industry. Lt. Gov. Nungesser would like to explore the incubator’s potential to expand economic opportunities for our seafood industry throughout Louisiana.  

Dr. Sigfusson’s visit is an opportunity for stakeholders who could benefit from a Louisiana Seafood Innovation Cluster to come together to hear more about the Iceland Ocean Cluster’s success and to share ideas for what this project could mean to Louisiana.

Schedule of Events: 
Tuesday, July 26th
•    8:30 a.m.: Dr. Sigfusson will attend a meeting of interested parties in Houma at the Visitors Center.
•    Following the morning meeting Dr. Sigfusson will tour a processing facility.
•    2:30 p.m.: Dr. Sigfusson will attend a meeting of interested parties in New Orleans to be held at Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries at 2021 Lakeshore Drive New Orleans, LA 70122. 

Wednesday, July 27th: 
•    8 a.m.: Lt. Gov. Nungesser will host a breakfast in New Orleans at the Old U.S. Mint located at 400 Esplanade Ave, New Orleans, LA 70116 for Dr. Sigfusson to do a final presentation summarizing what has come from his meetings and recommendations for the Louisiana seafood industry.

To attend an event please contact Jordan Buras at jburas@crt.la.gov or 225-342-0552. 
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