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Program helps area shrimpers sell ‘ultimate premium product’

The Louisiana Limited Wild Plate Frozen shrimp program is informing buyers about the food preservation technology. “This is the ultimate premium product,” said Thomas Hymel, LSU AgCenter and Louisiana Sea Grant fisheries agent. “It’s like it fell out of a cast net and it’s frozen.” Shrimp are packaged in 5-pound containers, then held on a plate freezer that is kept at minus 35 degrees. The products treated with this process look fresh from the ocean when they are thawed, Hymel said, with heads and even antenna intact. “This is as close to the ocean as you can get,” he said. The process also can be used for fish, Hymel said. >click to read<13:40

Is the United States ready for offshore aquaculture?

Harlon Pearce walks muck-booted past processors gutting wild drum and red snapper to showcase a half-full new 5,000-square-foot (500-square-meter) freezer he hopes will someday house a fresh boom of marine fish. Harlon’s LA Fish sits just across the railroad tracks from the Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport, perfectly positioned to ship fish out of Louisiana. As president of the New Orleans–based Gulf Seafood Institute, seafood supplier Pearce is a big fish himself in these parts, connected to fishermen, federal agencies, restaurateurs and even the oil industry. He knows better than anyone that wild fisheries alone can’t supply U.S. consumers’ growing demand for fish. Which is why he’s doing his best to bring everyone to the table to achieve one goal: farming the Gulf of Mexico. click here to read the story 16:31

Shrimpers, Crabbers Learn New Regulations at Louisiana Fisheries Meeting

Shrimpers and crabbers learned about the newest regulations, techniques and equipment at a Louisiana Fisheries Forward meeting on March 24, organized by the LSU AgCenter and Louisiana Sea Grant. Thu Bui, LSU AgCenter and Louisiana Sea Grant fisheries agent, said the meetings are intended to help fishers learn about new developments before their peak seasons get underway soon. “It makes them more professional and gives them the information so they can become more profitable,” Read the rest here 09:55

There’s more to shrimping than trawling

DELCAMBRE – Experts from the LSU AgCenter and Louisiana Sea Grant met with area  shrimpers to help them become more efficient, learn new technology and comply  with federal fishing regulations. “We are talking about efficiency and  quality,” said Thomas Hymel, AgCenter and Sea Grant extension agent. “The  challenge the Louisiana shrimping industry has is to bring in a quality product  competitive with imports.” Hymel said the state’s shrimping business has  lost significant numbers. “The folks out there now are the survivors.” continue reading

Seafood Academy expands industry

Fishermen across south Louisiana are going back to school this month to learn more about their livelihood. “What we’re trying to do is increase professionalism and quality so that we can get a better price for seafood,” said Alan Matherne, a Louisiana Sea Grant coastal and fisheries outreach specialist. Read more