Many people with experience in commercial fisheries have skills applicable to other industries, such as captaining boats, mechanics, and welding. Development of these skills through trainings and certifications could help to diversify the workforce and provide employment for those who are unable to continue fishing.

Job Boards

GNO, Inc. has produced a Mariners Licensing Guide to help workers gain necessary certifications and trainings to transition jobs.

The Gulf Coast Workforce Development Initiative (GCWDI)
Phone: 1-888-52-GREAT
sponsored by The National Center for Construction, Education and Research
3600 NW 43rd Street, Bldg. G
Gainesville, FL 32606
Phone: 888-622-3720
Fax: 352-334-0932

Louisiana Center Workforce Recovery works with employment centers to match skills and salary requirements of displaced workers.
Contact: Judy Behler, Outreach Coordinator 504-810-7117

Louisiana Workforce Commission
Business & Career Solutions Centers

West Jefferson Career Solutions Center
1900 Lafayette St.
Gretna, LA

West Bank Orleans Career Solutions center – Job 1
3520 Gen. DeGaulle Dr.
Algiers, LA

Belle Chasse
Plaquemines Career Solutions Center
1112 Engineers Road, Room 19
Belle Chasse, LA

St. Bernard Career Solutions Center
8201 W. Judge Perez Dr.
Chalmette, LA

St. John the Baptist Parish Career Solutions Center
975 Cambridge Dr.
LaPlace, LA

East Jefferson Business & Career Solutions Center
1801 Airline Dr, Suite A
Metairie, LA

New Orleans
East Bank Orleans Career Solutions Center Job 1
2330 Canal St.
New Orleans, LA

St. Tammany Career Solutions Center
316 E. Howze Beach Ln.
Slidell, LA

BP Vessel of Opportunity
Hiring boats and crew to assist in the clean up effort. Will need name of vessel and its characteristics (dimensions such as length, draft, horsepower, etc.), and owner name. No other classes are being scheduled until further notice.
Contact: 281-366-5511 or

Contact Occupational Safety and Health Administration for information about worker’s rights and safety specific to oil clean-up jobs, safety hazards about working on this type of job (what to avoid, harms of working with oil, etc.). OSHA does not provide training for volunteering and/or jobs related to the oil spill.

You can also download the Safety and Health Awareness for Oil Spill Workers.

Oil Spill Fact Sheets are also available in English,Vietnamese, and Español.

If you have symptoms or questions, and want to report them to OSHA, contact
1-800-321-OSHA (6742)
TTY: 877-889-5627

Vocational Rehabilitation
LRS’ Vocational Rehabilitation Program is a service offered by the Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services. This program provides comprehensive rehabilitation services that go far beyond those found in routine job training programs. This frequently includes work evaluation and job readiness services; assessment for and provision of assistive technology, such as customized computer interfaces for persons with physical or sensory disabilities; job counseling services, and medical and therapeutic services.
Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services
627 N. Fourth St.
Baton Rouge, LA 70802
Phone: (225) 342-0286
Fax: (225) 342-8636

Often language is a barrier to transitioning employment.
English-as-a-Second-Language resources in Louisiana:

Catholic Charities Hispanic Apostolate
1000 Howard Ave.
Suite 212A
New Orleans, LA
Tel 504-722-5692
Class sites are:
- Tulane University in Uptown New Orleans
- St. Joseph the Worker Catholic Church in Marrero
- Church of Christ in Mid City New Orleans
- Esperanza Charter School in Mid City New Orleans
- Atonement Lutheran in Metairie
- Causeway Branch Library in Mandeville
ESL Information in English and Español.
There is a $70 requested donation for English classes and $10 for citizenship classes.

Delgado Community College ESL Program
615 City Park Avenue
New Orleans, LA United States 70119
Contact the ESL Department at (504) 671-5025 or (504) 671-6341
Classes are less than $600 for Louisiana residents.

ELS Language Centers/Ruston
Louisiana Tech University
305 Wisteria St., Student Center 213
PO Box 3006
Ruston, LA 71272
Tel (318) 257-2012
Fax (318) 257-2011
Classes range in cost from $1,500 to $1,150.

University of Louisiana at Lafayette
Intensive English Program
P.O. Box 43932
Lafayette, LA 70504
Tel (337) 482-6819
Fax (337) 482-6820
Classes are approximately $1,750.

University of New Orleans
Intensive English Language Program
2000 Lakeshore Dr.
New Orleans, Louisiana 70148
Tel (504) 280-5530
Fax (504) 280-7317
Full time tuition is $1,850 and part time is $1,150.