Louisiana Seafood Stats
Louisiana Seafood Stats

Seafood Stats

The scientific story of what makes our waters so plentiful starts with our estuaries. And if you're lucky, it ends on your plate.

ESTUARY

N., PLURAL ESTUARIES | [ES-CHOO-AIR-EE]

The wide lower channel of a river where it flows into the sea. Estuaries experience tidal flows, so their water is a changing mixture of fresh and salt. which makes them fertile areas for a wide variety of marine life. (See why they're so important?)

ESTUARIES ARE A BIOLOGICAL ORCHESTRA

Their harmonious combination of brackish water, shallow depths and high levels of nutrients form an ideal environment for microscopic marine organisms, which in turn form the base of the marine food chain by fostering healthy populations of fish, amphibians and shellfish. In an estuary, every species plays its part.

Louisiana is the largest commercial fishery
75% of U.S. commercial sea catch comes fromestuaries/35% of estuary marshes are in Louisiana
Louisiana is the largest commercial fishery

LOUISIANA'S ESTUARIES, FED BY THE NUTRIENT-RICH MISSISSIPPI AND ATCHAFALAYA RIVERS, MAKE UP THE SEVENTH LARGEST ESTUARY IN THE WORLD.

*When we say shoreline we mean all of the places where land and water meet. And, in Louisiana, tha'ts a whole lot of places. | This data comes from NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) and USGS (United States Geological Survey).