BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) — Officials will discuss what needs to be done in Louisiana to combat climate change’s effect on the fishing industry in a series streamed online Wednesday.

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries’ “Conservation Conversations” series invites viewers to ask questions about the issue and possible solutions to climate change in the fishing industry.

Wednesday, Oct. 5’s episode will go live at noon on LDWF’s Facebook page. This week’s guest speakers are LDWF Assistant Secretary of Fisheries Patrick Bank and Harlon Pearce of Harlon’s LA Fish. Pearce is also the chairman of the Louisiana Fishing Community Recovery Coalition and the Gulf Seafood Institute.

After Hurricanes Laura, Delta, Zeta and Ida, the state’s fishing industry lost an estimated $579 million, according to a study’s findings released in January of this year. Findings said strong storm winds are what caused the majority of damage to vessels, processors, dealers and charters.

To help alleviate the economic impact of the state’s fishing industry during the COVID-19 pandemic and hurricanes, the U.S. Department of Agriculture awarded Louisiana with $4.2 million in grants in February 2022.