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George Ricks

Capt. George Ricks

The Save Louisiana Coalition

Capt. Ricks served on the New Orleans Fire Department for 22 years. Upon retirement, he toured the country as a Professional Bass Angler on the Prestigious Bassmaster Tournament Trail for 9 years. In 1999 he started Get-Away Fishing Charters and has been a professional fishing guide in Hopedale, La. for 18 years. In 2013, he founded The Save Louisiana Coalition and presently serves as President and CEO. He now represents upwards of 1000 members of the commercial and recreational fishing industries, as well as seafood wholesalers, coastal residents, and restaurant owners.

He has worked extensively in the last four years in the State Legislature, as well as Washington, DC on issues that threaten our coastal communities and commercial and recreational fishermen. He has been the most outspoken opponent of the diversion concept of coastal restoration, and has appeared on numerous television shows and interviews, both locally and Nationally, including Bloomberg TV, National Geographic, and Ajazeera

He is also Coastal Project and Research Coordinator for St. Bernard Parish, holding this role since February of 2016, and acts as a liaison between Parish Government and the fishing community.