A New Orleans chef has teamed up with a Chalmette community college to create a new program to train the next generation of sailors.

Why it matters: Louisiana is the nation’s second-largest seafood producer, but its commercial fishermen are, on average, among the oldest in the country, and too few people are following in their footsteps to keep the industry going.

The big picture: The commercial fishing industry in Louisiana is huge.

  • Expected to have an economic impact of $2.4 billion a year, the industry affects one in 70 jobs, according to the state’s Seafood Marketing Council.
  • Many of these jobs are part of longtime family businesses that have worked in the state’s coastal communities for generations.

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