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Audit looks at seafood promotion board

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Posted: Dec 23, 2013 11:48 AM
Updated: Dec 23, 2013 12:05 PM
Source: Associated Press

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Topics: seafood, promotion, marketing, seafood promotion, audit, oversight

NEW ORLEANS - A lack of strong oversight and record-keeping has been found in an audit of the Louisiana Seafood Promotion and Marketing Board.

The audit looked at a marketing campaign funded by BP following the 2010 gulf oil spill.

It says the former executive director approved transactions without correct oversight from the board.

The audit also says the board's staff didn't keep good records in relation to the use of tickets associated with a $650,000 agreement with the New Orleans Saints.

Ewell Smith resigned as executive director in August after Lt. Governor Jay Dardenne was put in charge of the program by the legislature.

BP agreed to pay $30 million to fund the marketing program through the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Foundation.

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