Louisiana Wild Caught Shrimp Industry Trade Action
Advisory Council

WHEREAS,���the wild caught shrimp industry is an integral part of the state of Louisiana's history, culture, and economy;

WHEREAS,���the wild caught shrimp industry is a major component of the economy, providing employment and tax revenue for the state of Louisiana;

WHEREAS,���certain foreign shrimp producing countries have utilized unfair trade practices that greatly damage the state's wild caught shrimp industry;

WHEREAS,���funding sources and mechanisms must be developed in order to support a trade action for the protection of the domestic wild caught shrimp industry;

WHEREAS,���the state of Louisiana supports a trade action by a consolidated wild caught shrimp industry in Louisiana and intends to assist in its success; and

WHEREAS,���the state of Louisiana and its citizens will best be served by the creation of an advisory council that will assist the state of Louisiana in consolidating its efforts to initiate a trade action to protect itself from unfair trade practices utilized by foreign countries importing shrimp into the United States;

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 Wild Caught Shrimp Trade Action Advisory Council (hereafter "Council") is established within the executive department, Office of the Governor.

SECTION 2:���The duties of the Council shall include, but are not limited to, the following:

SECTION 3:���On or before March 1, 2004, the Council shall submit a final report to the governor, and the secretary of the Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, on the issues set forth in Section 2 of this Order.

SECTION 4:���The Council shall be composed of a maximum of thirteen (13) 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 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 Office shall be provided by the Department of Wildlife and Fisheries.

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

SECTION 10:���This Order is effective upon signature and shall continue in effect until amended, modified, terminated, or rescinded by the governor, or terminated by operation of law.

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 26th day of November, 2003.




M.J. "Mike" Foster, Jr.

Fox McKeithen
Secretary of State