Director, Center for Marine Fisheries
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Chris Macaluso is an avid outdoorsman who enjoys spending as much time as possible fishing for bass, speckled trout and redfish in the coastal swamps, marshes, lakes and bays of south Louisiana. He also takes every chance he gets to patrol the offshore waters of the Gulf in search of snapper, cobia, tuna and wahoo.
He is a lifelong Louisiana resident who has worked in the outdoors communication field for more than 15 years, hosting hunting and fishing radio shows and working as a freelance outdoor writer since his college days at LSU in the mid to late 1990s. In addition to writing numerous articles for outdoor publications like Tide, Louisiana Sportsman, Marsh and Bayou and Coastal Angler, Macaluso has covered LSU and high school sports on a part-time basis while working in public relations in Baton Rouge for more than 10 years.
Macaluso became the first-ever communications director for the Louisiana Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority in 2006, handling media relations during the release of the state’s inaugural comprehensive coastal restoration master plan and during hurricanes Gustav and Ike in 2008 and the Gulf oil spill in 2010.
He left state-government in late 2010 to work as the Coastal Outreach Coordinator for the non-profit Louisiana Wildlife Federation. There, he worked hand-in-hand with the National Wildlife Federation and Ducks Unlimited on the Vanishing Paradise Campaign, a nation-wide effort to encourage sportsmen to become more engaged in and rally support for the restoration of wetlands and barrier islands in the Mississippi River Delta.
Macaluso’s work with Vanishing Paradise ranged from speaking with local civic and sportsmen groups and local and national media to raise awareness of the need to restore Louisiana’s imperiled coastal habitats to arranging congressional tours of the state’s coast and travelling to Washington to push for passage of the RESTORE Act. Macaluso also worked extensively with the state’s Department of Wildlife and Fisheries and legislature to help set fair regulations for Louisiana’s recreational fishermen and to protect vital habitat creation funds.
He and his wife Katie recently had their first child, Hank.