Our Mission

The Gulf Oyster Industry Council (GOIC) serves to support, promote and protect the regulatory, legislative and economic interests of oyster farmers, processors, dealers and retailers living and operating in Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Florida. We are committed to offering the nation’s consumers the highest quality, safest and most flavorful oysters available anywhere year-round, ensuring the sustainability of America’s shellfish resources, and to protecting and preserving the sensitive coastal environments in which our members live and work.

GOIC is the 'Official House Purveyor of Oysters' to the James Beard Foundation (JBF), America’s preeminent culinary organization which resides in the historic James Beard House in NYC. Gulf Coast oysters will be the exclusive oyster offered by JBF to all featured chefs presenting at the James Beard House.

About GOIC

The Gulf Oyster Industry Council, a 501 (c)6 non-profit organization, was formed in 1994 to support, promote and protect the regulatory, legislative and economic interests of oyster farmers, processors, dealers and retailers living and operating in Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Florida.

GOIC supports small businessmen and women in the shellfish community.  Primary GOIC activities include:

  • Working with relevant public and private sector agencies and advocates to promote the sale and consumption and market share of Gulf Coast oysters.
  • Cooperating with federal, state and local regulatory officials toward the protection, promotion and advancement of the Gulf oyster industry.
  • Promoting safe product handling practices among members.
  • Working cooperatively with shellfish regulators to protect and improve water quality and preserve our marine resources.

Leadership

The Gulf Oyster Industry Council was formed in 1994 to support, promote and protect the interests of oyster farmers, processors, dealers and retailers living and operating in Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Florida. Today, the GOIC speaks and works for small businessmen and woman through the leadership of 10 state representatives.

Alabama

Chris Nelson, Bon Secour Fisheries
Rodney Fox, R&O Oyster Company

Florida

Tommy Ward, 13 Mile Seafood 

Louisiana

Al Sunseri, P&J Oyster Company
Wilbert Collins, Collin’s Oyster Company, Inc.
Sarah Voisin, Motivatit Seafood

Mississippi

Mike Cure, Old Biloxi Seafood

Texas

Raj Halili, Prestige Oyster Co., Inc.
Clifford Hillman, Hillman’s Shrimp & Oyster Co
Tracy Wood, Jeri’s Seafood