Harlon Pearce of Louisiana Seafood Promotion and Marketing Board - Biography

New Orleans, LA

June 2011

For Harlon Pearce, Chairman of the Louisiana Seafood Promotion and Marketing Board, “seafood is in his mind, his blood, and his heart.” And it’s no surprise. Pearce has been involved in the seafood industry for over forty years. After attending Southeastern Louisiana College and Loyola Law School, he returned to his passion. And since then, he’s been an advocate of developing viable industries that correctly utilize the abundant natural resources of the State of Louisiana and the Gulf of Mexico. To that end, Pearce has been a guest speaker at countless businesses and colleges across the state, served on numerous state and local committees, and maintains membership on many of the state’s most important environmental boards (including the Mariculture Task Force for the State of Louisiana, the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council, the Joint Natural Resources Seafood Task Force, and the Louisiana Seafood Industry Advisory Board).



Pearce has worked tirelessly in his position as Co-chair of the Louisiana Fishing Community Recovery Coalition since Hurricane Katrina to secure aide and funding for restoration of the seafood industry, and its fishermen, in the state of Louisiana and the Gulf Coast. And most recently, Pearce has been involved in all aspects of recovery after the 2010 BP Gulf Oil Spill. He has worked tirelessly to preserve the wonderful natural resources of the State of Louisiana; the environment, the seafood, the destination and its people. And when he’s not advocating, Pearce is enjoying his membership in seafood company Harlon’s LA Fish, LLC.