Chris Macaluso is the Center for Marine Fisheries Director for the Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership where he works with recreational fishing advocates like the Coastal Conservation Association, American Sportfishing Association and a host of other advocacy and conservation organizations to advance habitat restoration efforts across the Gulf and improve federal fisheries management law and policy.
He is an avid angler and duck hunter and a lifelong Louisiana resident who has worked in the outdoors communication field for 20 years, hosting hunting and fishing radio shows and working as a freelance outdoor and sports writer, radio and TV host.
Macaluso became the first-ever communications director for the Louisiana Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority in 2006 and handled media relations for the Authority during the 2010 Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill.
He left state-government in late 2010 to work as the Coastal Outreach Coordinator for the non-profit Louisiana Wildlife Federation helping to start the Vanishing Paradise Campaign that worked with outdoorsmen and the hunting and fishing industry to pass the RESTORE Act in 2012 before taking his current role at TRCP in 2013.
Is Louisiana a Sportsman’s Paradise or Problem?
For decades Louisiana has proclaimed itself as the “Sportsman’s Paradise.” But for today’s hunters, changes to Louisiana’s landscape have caused a decline in the quality of the state’s deer habitat and smaller game. For coastal fishermen, private property rights often unduly restrict access to waters that are considered public in any other state.