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About Richie Blink

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Captain Richie Blink has spent a lifetime on the bayous of Louisiana studying its wetlands, people, and economy. Growing up, Richie would spend his summers and holidays on his family’s shrimp boats. Understanding the nuances of the delta helped his family live better, and that knowledge was passed along to him on the bow of an old shrimp boat in the heart of the bayous.

Realizing education is the single most effective tool in keeping the Mississippi River Delta functioning, Richie formally incorporated Delta Discovery Tours in 2015. Since then, thousands of people from all parts of the globe have visited the delta with him on his converted shrimp boat that he rebuilt from the keel to the mast.

Richie Blink

Richie has served on the boards of the Woodlands Conservancy and the Plaquemines Parish Association of Business and Industry, and he represents District 8 on the Plaquemines Parish Council.

Richie holds a US Coast Guard issued 100 Ton Master’s License and is certified in CPR/First Aid and Offshore Water Survival. In 2019 he was a winner of Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana’s Coastal Stewardship Award.

Driven to turn the tide of coastal land loss, Richie organized grassroots coastal restoration projects and is now responsible for the planting of 25,000 trees to reduce storm surge south of New Orleans.