Fish finder has gone missing, scientists say

The fishing industry is mourning the death of the fishing finder on the Gulf of Mexico.

A fish find was made Monday and the operator, Brian Leggett, was pronounced dead at a hospital in Louisiana, according to a news release from the Gulf Fishermen’s Alliance.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is investigating the cause of death.

Leggett was a veteran of several U.S. Coast Guard vessels.

He was a senior director on the Coast Guard Fisheries Science and Technology Center.

The agency said Leggitt was a graduate of the Marine Biological Laboratory, an undergraduate at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, and a postdoctoral fellow at the Department of Ecology at the National Oceanography Center.

A statement from the National Transportation Safety Board said Leggerett was “an outstanding officer, a dedicated husband and father who served the Marine Corps honorably and for his family.”

The agency says Leggetts family thanked the Louisiana Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission and the Gulf Coast Fishermen for their support.