New Orleans was founded as a port city to facilitate commerce and transportation. Today, the Mississippi River continues to serve as the central nerve center for an extensive web of transportation infrastructure, connecting the Mississippi River Delta to 30 states and two Canadian provinces. South Louisiana, with five deep water ports, hosts the largest port system in America. The port handles about one fifth of all water board commerce in the U. S. As the 6th largest port system in the world, the Mississippi River port system is vital to foreign, as well as domestic trade. One of the fastest growth rates for imports and exports, South Louisiana ports move more cargo than most including 60% of America’s grain, coffee imports, machinery, petrochemicals and more. Over 160,000 people or 1 out of 8 people in Louisiana are employed in the maritime industry.
Fisheries in and around coastal Louisiana serve as an important source of seafood for much of the Unites States, and have contributed to New Orleans celebrated reputation as a culinary capital of the world. The wetland habitats of the Mississippi River Delta attracts thousands of fisherman and hunters as a mecca of outdoor recreation. Powering all of this activity is the abundant energy reserves that lie underneath Louisiana and its surrounding waters. Processing and productions facilities for energy commodities are concentrated in the southern reaches of the state, close to the vast pools of oil and natural gas that lie beneath the northern Gulf of Mexico.
While the region’s legacy industries of maritime, manufacturing, and energy have rebounded since Katrina, the hurricane’s devastation also stimulated a new spirit of entrepreneurship, innovation and technological development. An emerging industry sector in the area is the environmental management sector as billions of dollars are invested in the rebuilding of south Louisiana’s wetlands and a system of water management implemented that strengthens the resilience of the region. The Great Delta Tours aims to provide an educational tour about the ecosystem of this rich area, as well as discuss the dangerous implications that some of the previously built levees, the oil and gas industry, as well as natural disasters pose to this area. If you’re interested in learning more about the tour, or looking to book a tour, contact us today!