Feb 8, 2013 10:41 AM by Melissa Canone
The Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission (LWFC) paused for a moment of silence at Thursday's meeting to reflect on the life and service of Commissioner Michael C. "Mike" Voison who passed away Feb. 2, following a massive heart attack on Jan. 25.
"Mike could take any problem and bring all parties involved together to get it resolved," said LWFC Chairman Ronny Graham. "His demeanor calmed the discussion and allowed all viewpoints to be heard."
"From the department's standpoint, Mike's passing is a great loss of a key leader in the seafood industry who we could reach out to on issues important to those who managed and harvested the state's fisheries resources," said Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Secretary Robert Barham.
Voisin was born in Los Angeles, Calif. and had lived in Louisiana for the past 38 years and resides in Houma. He owned Motivatit Seafoods, Inc., based in Houma since 1971. Voisin's affiliations with conservation organizations included the Louisiana Oyster Dealers and Growers Association, Gulf and South Atlantic Fisheries Foundation, Southeastern Fisheries Association, Louisiana Seafood Processors Council and Gulf Oyster Industry Council and the Louisiana Oyster Task Force. He was also instrumental in the founding of the Louisiana Seafood Promotion and Marketing Board.
Commissioner Billy Broussard was selected to fill the vice chairman position that Voison had held since January.