EXECUTIVE ORDER MJF 03-15

Louisiana Aquaculture Advisory Council


WHEREAS,   aquaculture, which is the production, raising, harvesting and marketing of aquatic livestock and/or finfish species within or from a constructed facility, is a vital component of the economy of the state of Louisiana;

WHEREAS,   through the enrollment of House Bill No. 2013 of the 2003 Regular Session of the Louisiana Legislature (hereafter "House Bill No. 2013"), the Louisiana Legislature recognized the importance of aquaculture to the state's economy, declared the need to establish an aquaculture council for the purpose of developing a program to oversee, coordinate, and regulate aquaculture in the state of Louisiana and to promote Louisiana aquacultural products, and created an aquaculture council within the Department of Agriculture and Forestry;

WHEREAS,   House Bill No. 2013 was vetoed on July 11, 2003, for the reasons that Article IX, Section 7 of the Louisiana Constitution of 1974 expressly vests "the control and supervision of the wildlife of the state, including all aquatic life, . . . in the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission", and the enforcement capabilities of the Department of Wildlife and Fisheries are needed to reduce potential risks of harm to the state of Louisiana's indigenous aquatic species and native ecosystems from escaping foreign aquatic species, or their intentional or unintentional introduction into native ecosystems; and

WHEREAS,   the best interests of the citizens of the state of Louisiana will be served by creating an aquaculture advisory council within the Office of the Governor that is consistent with the Louisiana Legislature's purpose for enrolling House Bill No. 2013 and with the mandates of Article IX, Section 7 of the Louisiana Constitution of 1974, and charging it with the duty to recommend an aquaculture industry regulatory program that ensures the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission's role in protecting and preserving the state of Louisiana's native species and ecosystems;

NOW THEREFORE, I, M.J. "MIKE" FOSTER, JR., Governor of the state of Louisiana, by virtue of the authority vested by the Constitution and laws of the state of Louisiana, do hereby order and direct as follows:

SECTION 1:   The Louisiana Aquaculture Advisory Council (hereafter "Council") is established within the executive department, Office of the Governor.

SECTION 2:   A. The duties of the Council shall be to:

SECTION 3:   A. On or before December 31, 2003, the Council shall submit a preliminary report on the issues set forth in Section 2 of this Order to the governor, the commissioner of agriculture, the secretary of the Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, the chair of the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission, and the secretary of the Department of Economic Development.

SECTION 4:   The Council shall be composed of no more than twenty-two (22) members who, unless otherwise specified, shall be appointed by and serve at the pleasure of the governor. The membership of the Council shall be selected as follows:

SECTION 5:   The chair of the Council shall be appointed by the governor from the membership of the Council. All other officers, if any, shall be elected by and from the membership of the Council.

SECTION 6:   The Council shall meet at regularly scheduled intervals and at the call of the chair.

SECTION 7:   A. Council members shall not receive additional compensation or a per diem from the Office of the Governor for serving on the Council.

SECTION 8:   Support staff, facilities, and resources for the Council shall be arranged and/or provided by the Office of the Governor.

SECTION 9:   All departments, commissions, boards, agencies, and officers of the state, or any political subdivision thereof, are authorized and directed to cooperate with the Council in implementing the provisions of this Order.

SECTION 10:   A. This Order shall not be construed to expand and/or recommend the expansion of the authority of any department or agency inconsistent with Article IX, Section 7 of the Louisiana Constitution of 1974.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have set my hand officially and caused to be affixed the Great Seal of Louisiana, at the Capitol, in the city of Baton Rouge, on this 21st day of August, 2003.

M.J. "Mike" Foster, Jr.
Governor

ATTEST BY
THE GOVERNOR
Fox McKeithen
Secretary of State