[EATYALL PODCAST #56] The Andy Griffith of the South Alabama Waters: Colonel Scott Bannon / Marine Resources Division Director, The Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources | Live from
Who watches over the seafood-rich waters of South Alabama? Meet Colonel Scott Bannon, the man who polices the seas – though at EATYALL Chef Camp, the nickname “Andy Griffith” caught on for good reason: Scott knows and cares about the people who fish under his protection.
In part 2 of our 4-episode seafood series from EATYALL Chef Camp, Scott offers his unique perspective on the seafood industry: the hard work of his Marine Resources Division, the gear and grit behind fishing and shrimping, and his unforgettable first taste of seafood in the Coast Guard. Tune in and give kudos to Scott and Andy: they pulled off this episode while surrounded by freshly cooked seafood!
Protecting The Water And Wildlife of South Alabama
Colonel, Director, Seafoodie. Having served with Alabama’s Marine Resources Division since the 1990’s, Scott is in charge of every vessel across 1,300 square miles – but the community is just as important to him as his duties. Listen as he breaks down his daily tasks, and praises the enforcement officers and scientists who monitor and protect the local seafood industry.
Fishing And Shrimping 101. Scott asserts that no one works harder than the seafood industry, and it’s tough to argue. From million dollar boats and gear to spending a month or more at sea, Scott highlights the commercial fishermen who toil to process and deliver fresh seafood to your local market.
A Career At Sea. Growing up in Appalachian Kentucky, Scott had never tried seafood until he joined the Coast Guard – but after his first fish taco, he’s been hooked ever since. Hear Scott muse about his favorite seafood experiences, from enjoying oyster po boys washed down with sweet tea, to looking after the South Alabama waters and the people there who catch, eat, sell, and cook seafood.
Andy joked that he made it through a whole interview with a law enforcement officer without being cuffed! But despite his title, Scott sees his role as a calling, not a job. Soak up more of his humble outlook in today’s podcast, and watch for upcoming episodes from EATYALL Chef Camp for more of what Scott calls the greatness of South Alabama.
Scott Bannon, Marine Resources Division Director – https://www.outdooralabama.com/about-us/marine-resources-division
Since his childhood in Louisville, Kentucky, Scott Bannon has served as a policeman and conservation enforcement officer, before joining the Coast Guard and achieving the rank of Master Chief Petty Officer. Since 2017, Scott has served as Director of Alabama’s Marine Resources Division – managing the professionals and resources that sustain South Alabama’s seafood industry.
Alabama Gulf Seafood
Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/alseafood
Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/AlabamaSeafood
Gulf Shores and Orange Beach Tourism
Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/VisitALBeaches
Connect With Our Guest Scott Bannon
Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/alabamamarineresources
Listen to Episode #56 on Spotify now >>
Listen to the EATYALL Podcast on your favorite podcast player >>
The EATYALL Podcast is available on your favorite player by clicking on any of the links to access our podcast directly: iTunes, Stitcher, Spotify, Google Podcasts, Android App, TuneIn Radio, iHeart Radio, Audio junkie, Deezer, iVoox (Spanish), Listen Notes, OwlTail, Player.fm, Podchaser and more.
A video version of the EATYALL Podcast can be found on YouTube, and you can discover the EATYALL Podcast on Amazon and Audible via search.
The EATYALL Podcast is hosted by Andy Chapman, CEO and founder of EATYALL. EATYALL serves the food and farm community with effective chef outreach services. To learn more or inquire about chef outreach activities on behalf of your organization, please reach out here. To learn more about consulting services available to individual farmers, ranchers and seafood processors interested in starting or scaling a “farm to table” business, please reach out here.