Focus Groups

Large-scale coastal protection and restoration will affect businesses and industry in south Louisiana. In order to integrate the perspectives of those in key business sectors, we created three focus groups: one dealing with ports and navigation, one dealing with fisheries, and one dealing with oil and gas. Leaders in each sector met multiple times to discuss the issues facing their industries and to explore productive options for the coast.

Navigation Focus Group

Name Organization
Pat Gallwey – FDT Rep Port of New Orleans
Channing Hayden Port of Lake Charles
Roy Pontiff Port of Iberia
Jim Stark Gulf Intercoastal Canal Association
Sean Duffy Louisiana Maritime Users Ass.
Mike Lorino Associated Branch Pilots
Merrit Lane – FDT Rep Canal Barge Company
Spencer Murphy – FDT Rep Canal Barge Company
Chett Chaisson Greater Lafourche Port Commission
Jerry Hoffpauir Port of Morgan City
David Allain Port of West St. Mary
Lynn Hohensee Port of West Calcasieu
Joe Accardo Ports Association of Louisiana
A.J. Gibbs Crescent Port Pilots
Chris Accardo USACE MVN
Z. David Deloach Louisiana Association of Waterways and Shipyards
Karl Gonzales Greater New Orleans Barge Fleeting Assn.
Sharon Balfour DOTD Port Program


Oil and Gas Focus Group

Name Organization
Locke Loeb Chevron
Dave Cagnolatti Conoco Phillips
Brian Farenthold Spectra
Gifford Briggs LOGA
Mike Lyons – FDT Rep LMOGA
Tim Croxdale Strategic Petroleum Reserves
Kurt Cheramie El Paso
Neil Buckingham Shell


Fisheries Focus Group

Name Organization
Dan Coulon Oyster Task Force
Borden Wallace Menhaden Industry
Allen Dugas Wild Caught Crawfish Industry
Daniel Edgar Wild Caught Crawfish Industry
Earl Melancon Nicholls State University – FDT Rep
Heather Finley LA Department of Wildlife and Fisheries – FDT Rep
Robert Bourgeois LA Department of Wildlife and Fisheries – FDT Rep
Richard Hartman NMFS – FDT Rep
John Tesvich Oyster Task Force
Buddy Daisy Oyster Task Force
Danny Babin Shrimp Processor Task Force
Clint Guidry Shrimp Harvest Task Force – FDT Rep
Gary Bauer Blue Crab Task Force
Daryl Carpenter Recreational Saltwater Fishing Task Force
Ryan Lambert LA Charter Boat Association – FDT Rep
George Barisich United Commercial Fisherman’s Association

(Image Credits: Top to bottom – Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority; Coastal Sustainability Studio; Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority)