NEW ORLEANS (CBSMiami/AP) —In an effort to ensure that Gulf of Mexico fisheries are managed well  so fish and shellfish remain available for catching and eating, the Audubon Nature Institute  has partnered with the Gulf States Marine Fisheries Commission.

Audubon says its program, called Gulf United for Lasting Fisheries or “G.U.L.F” for short, will work with the commission on “advancement plans” to go beyond minimum requirements and ensure long-term sustainability. Such plans can include potential research and regulations.

The commission represents fishery management interests in Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi, Texas,and  Alabama.

Audubon says advancement plans are important because many national retailers want proof that the seafood they buy is sustainable, or involved with a project to help them become more sustainable.

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