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Posted on: November 22, 2019

Cook-off for the Coast proceeds benefit local coastal projects

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The Wild Game Edition is held annually in partnership with St. Bernard Parish Government Coastal Division, the Meraux Foundation, St. Bernard Parish Tourist Commission, Restore the Mississippi River Delta and Vanishing Paradise the Cook-Off for the Coast.

Monies raised will benefit two coastal restoration projects: St. Bernard Parish 4H Black Mangrove Program and Chandeleur Sound Living Shoreline Program.

Checks totaling $4,945 each were presented to LSUAg Center 4-H Students for the St. Bernard Parish 4H Black Mangrove Program and Nunez Chancellor Dr. Tina Tinney for the Chandeleur Sound Living Shoreline Program

“Great things are accomplished when we all work together. We’re looking forward to another successful cook-off on February 8, 2020 at Docville,” said Parish President Guy McInnis.

The Cook-off for the Coast is a regional, annual fundraiser to raise awareness about Louisiana’s land loss crisis and the urgent need for coastal restoration, and to raise funds needed to support coastal restoration projects. In partnership with Chalmette High School (Career Technical Education Workforce Development Program, the Meraux Foundation), Nunez Community College, the St. Bernard Parish 4H Black Mangrove Program and Chandeleur Sound Living Shoreline Program were formed to pot and plant black mangroves in the Biloxi Marsh and build and install oyster cages along the southern edge of Comfort Island. Since forming the black mangrove program in 2016 and the shoreline program in 2018, approximately 6,000 black mangroves have been potted, 4,250 mature mangroves have been planted, 20 oyster cages have been produced, and the first cages will be deployed in the spring of 2020. For more information visit www.coastcookoff.com. Photos by Lenor Duplessis

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