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Wednesday, October 19 • 8:00am - 8:20am
Wildlife. Louisiana Alligator Resource Fund- Industry Driven Conservation

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AUTHORS: LDWF, Louisiana Alligator Advisory Council

ABSTRACT: The Louisiana alligator is a conservation success story. The economic incentive derived from a sustainable use platform has led to both species and habitat conservation. Since 80% of the wetlands in Louisiana are privately owned, the economic incentive of a successful alligator program is a vital aspect of conservation. The program has produced substantial results: the State of Louisiana has increased its wild alligator population from less than 100,000 in the early 1970s to over 1.5 million today. The state management of the Louisiana alligator industry has become self-funded though industry generated fees, and industry members have chosen to use surplus funds for research, conservation, and education. The Louisiana Alligator Resource Fund was legislatively created in 1991 to offset the costs associated with the state management of the alligator industry and alligator population, but a stable and growing industry was soon able go beyond self-sufficiency and become proactive in conservation and research. Through the Louisiana Alligator Advisory Council and the LDWF Alligator Management Program, Louisiana has made strides in the international arena, serving as a model for other wildlife conservation programs. With an industry conservatively valued at over 100 million dollars annually, industry members have reaped the economic benefits of their investments in research, education, and conservation.

Wednesday October 19, 2016 8:00am - 8:20am
Riverview B

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