Louisiana Seafood Day Grand Opening Event

29-Oct-2012 Lafourche-Terrebonne (LaTer) Direct Seafood will unveil a new direct marketing program on Saturday, November 10, 10:30 am, at Lafourche Central Market in Raceland (4484 LA Hwy 1). Louisiana Seafood Day will showcase the new web site LaTerDirectSeafood.com, the new LaTer Direct Seafood logo and marketing materials, and additional information on how to use the site’s unique ‘Fresh Catch’ messages to connect with fishermen for fresh, local, straight-from-the-boat seafood. In addition, the statewide Louisiana Direct Seafood initiative will unveil new training videos for an online Seafood Academy.

Though the event centers on the online ‘grand openings’, Louisiana Seafood Day will provide a fun, family-friendly, learning experience. In addition to the local produce and seafood available at the Lafourche Central Market, visitors will enjoy a food tasting and cooking demonstration, refreshments, music, plus a host of activities just for kids.

“This event will offer a hands-on experience, especially for children, to learn about the environment and habitat of our seafood,” said Alan Matherne, LSU AgCenter/Louisiana Sea Grant Coastal Outreach Specialist. “This includes a giant crab trap to play in, provided by Louisiana Sea grant, educational demonstrations by Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, and more. We cap it all off with a giveaway drawing for a lifetime fishing license."


“LaTer Direct Seafood wants to connect local people with local fishermen,” continued Matherne. “Whether you buy it off the dock, or catch it yourself, nowhere else is fresh seafood so close at hand.”

Though official grand opening events kick off at 10:30 am, the Lafourche Central Market will be open from 8 am – noon; many of the displays and activities will be available all morning.

“Our goal is to help people access—and appreciate—the wonderful, fresh seafood available not just here in Lafourche-Terrebonne, but across the coast of Louisiana,” said Thomas Hymel, director of Louisiana Direct Seafood. “’Fresh Catch’ messages will tell you what’s new on the dock and how to place an order. You can sign up for a newsletter for the latest seafood updates, or ‘Like’ us on Facebook. The web sites offer a gateway to buy direct.”

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About LaTer Direct Seafood
LaTerDirectSeafood.com encourages consumers to ‘meet us at the dock’ for the purchase of fresh, wild-caught seafood direct from fishermen. Created in partnership with LSU Ag Center and Louisiana Sea Grant, the web site posts the ‘fresh catch’ messages from fishermen throughout the region; the public is urged to contact fishermen directly for location information and to place an order.

About Louisiana Direct Seafood
The mission of LouisianaDirectSeafood.com is to help coastal fishermen connect directly with consumers and build community support for a fresh, local, product ‘straight from the boat’. This initiative is also focused on quality business practices, working with fishermen to deliver a superior, sustainable product that meets rigorous standards and preserves our fisheries for generations to come. Louisiana Direct Seafood evolved from the success of the Delcambre Direct model; LSU Ag Center and Louisiana Sea Grant administer the program with funding from the Gulf States Marine Fisheries Council.

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Lafourche / Terrebonne Direct Seafood
Alan Matherne, Area Agent
511 Roussell Street, Houma, LA, 70360
Email: amatherne@agcenter.lsu.edu
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