Louisiana Seafood Academy and Dock Day 2014

LaTer Direct Administrator - Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Louisiana Direct Seafood Academy and Dock Day 2014 will be held in Delcambre, LA at the Shrimp Festival Building (411 Main Street, Delcambre, LA 70528) on Tuesday, March 25 and Wednesday, March 26. The meeting is free and open to all commercial fishermen including shrimpers, crabbers, oystermen and finfishermen, processors, and anyone else interested in the commercial fishing industry.

Sponsored by Louisiana Sea Grant and LSU AgCenter, the event will feature presentations and demonstrations by experts from Louisiana Sea Grant, Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, LSU and the U.S. Coast Guard. Louisiana Direct Seafood Academy and Dock Day is conducted to provide education and information to commercial fisherman about the shrimp and crab industry.

Topics to be covered on each day include: industry status and updates, research and development, compensation funds, sustainability and certification, gear technology, and safety regulation.

The first meeting on March 25th will feature shrimp specific topics while the second meeting on March, 26th will highlight important crab information.

The Dock Day for each day will feature several demonstrations:

• Boat Gear Technology and Equipment
• US Coast Guard Safety Demonstration
• Tour of Local Shrimp Processing Facility (Day 1 Only)
• Crab Shedding Demonstration (Day 2 Only)
• Vacuum Packaging Demonstration following Recommended BMP
• Free Local Hospital Health Screening (12:00pm – 3:00pm)

Coffee and lunch will be provided to all participants. Also, random door prizes will be drawn amongst those who can show their Louisiana commercial fishing license.

For more information about the program, contact Thu Bui at the LSU AgCenter at tbui@agcenter.lsu.edu or (337)828-4100 ext. 300.

Click here to register now!

Louisiana Saltwater Series

LaTer Direct Administrator - Thursday, February 27, 2014
The Louisiana Saltwater Series Redfish Series begins on March 8 at Boudreaux's Marina in Cocodrie, Louisiana. The series consists of seven competitive "catch and release" redfish tournaments. Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries uses data collected from the tournament to study the life and habitat of sport fish to enhance Louisiana's fisheries resources. Click here to see the locations of fish that have been tagged at past tournaments. 

2014 Schedule:
March 8 – Cocodrie, Boudreaux’s Marina;
April 5 – Lake Charles, Calcasieu Point Landing;
May 3 – Slidell, The Dock/Dockside Bait & Tackle;
June 28 – Delacroix, Sweetwater Marina;
July 19 – Port Fourchon, Port Fourchon Marina;
August 23 – Empire, The Delta Marina; and
September 13, – Seaway Marina, Lafitte

Championship – October 17 and 18 Venice, Venice Marina

For online registration and more info, check out: http://www.lasaltwaterseries.com/

White Shrimp Season Opening August 12

LaTer Direct Administrator - Thursday, August 01, 2013
Today, the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission announced the 2013 fall inshore shrimp season.

The season will open as follows:

6 a.m., Monday August 12 - inside waters from the western shore of the Atchafalaya River and the Atchafalaya River Ship Channel westward to the Louisiana/Texas state line

6 p.m., Monday, August 12 – state inside waters east of the Atchafalaya River

The Commission set the season based on recommendations presented by Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries biologists and comments from the public. However, certain areas are still closed to commercial fishing and certain recreational fishing activities due to the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill. Maps of the areas that remain closed to recreational and commercial fishing are posted to the LDWF website at www.wlf.louisiana.gov/oilspill.

Preliminary Louisiana shrimp landings statistics provided by NOAA Fisheries Service indicate that approximately 26.1 million pounds of shrimp (all species combined/heads-off weight) were landed in Louisiana from January through May, 2013.

For a map detailing today’s actions click here:

The Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is charged with managing and protecting Louisiana's abundant natural resources. For more information, visit us at www.wlf.louisiana.gov, on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ldwffb, or follow us on Twitter @LDWF.

For more information, contact Martin Bourgeois at (985) 594-4130 or mbourgeois@wlf.la.gov. For press inquiries, contact Laura Wooderson at lwooderson@wlf.la.gov or (504)430-2623.

Shrimp Season to Close on July 4 for Most of Terrebonne Basin

LaTer Direct Administrator - Friday, June 28, 2013
Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries announced the 2013 spring inshore shrimp season will close at 6 a.m. on Thursday, July 4, in the Terrebonne Basin except for potions of lower Timbalier Bay, Terrebonne Bay, Lake Pelto and Pelican Lake that border the Gulf.

Specifically, the inside waters within the Terrebonne Basin that will remain open to shrimping are bounded by the following coordinates: south of 29 degrees 15 minutes 00 seconds north latitude from 90 degrees 18 minutes 00 seconds west longitude westward to 90 degrees 34 minutes 00 seconds west longitude, and south of 29 degrees 07 minutes 00 seconds north latitude from 90 degrees 34 minutes 00 seconds west longitude westward to 90 degrees 50 minutes 30 seconds west longitude

Data collected in recent weeks by LDWF biologists indicate increased quantity, distribution and percentage of small, juvenile white shrimp within these waters. The decision to close this area was made in an effort to protect these developing shrimp and provide opportunity for growth to larger and more marketable sizes.

LDWF is extending the shrimp season in these lower coastal bays and lakes to provide shrimpers with added opportunities to harvest emigrating brown shrimp while limiting adverse impacts to developing white shrimp populations. However, if compliance among shrimpers with respect to these boundaries becomes a problem, LDWF will immediately close these waters to shrimping.

For a map detailing these closures please click here:

All remaining state inside waters, as well as all state outside waters seaward of the Inside/Outside shrimp line, will remain open to shrimp harvesting until further notice, with the exception of those areas still closed to recreational and commercial fishing due to the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill. Maps of the areas still closed to recreational and commercial fishing are posted to the LDWF website at www.wlf.louisiana.gov/oilspill

Guide to Selecting Louisiana White Shrimp

LaTer Direct Administrator - Wednesday, June 12, 2013
With fresh shrimp in season, here are some tips from Louisiana Sea Grant / LSU AgCenter on selecting the best shrimp.


Favorable Features       What to Avoid
Shells that are translucent         Opaque and discolored shells;
black spots; pitted or gritty shells
Color may have pink tinge seasonally
or if harvested at night
  Yellow or grey discoloration
Aroma that is like fresh ocean air,
clean seaweed or pond water
  Strong, ammonia, cheesy, sweet
or musty odors
Tail meat that is shiny, firm, resilient
and moist
  Cooked appearance, mush texture,
slimy feel; cottony surfaces indicative
of freezer burn


Favorable Features 
             What to Avoid
Clearly defined shape
        Loss of shape/integrity
Uniform pink/orange color                        Yellow to grey discoloration
Sweet to neutral aroma   Sour, sickly sweet, fishy to
ammonia odor
Firm and moist texture   Tough and dry or mushy texture;
cottony surfaces

May News - Shrimp Season Opens!

LaTer Direct Administrator - Monday, May 13, 2013
shrimp boatThe Louisiana Spring Shrimp Season Opens Today!
Now is the perfect time to visit LaTer Direct Seafood, find a local fisherman, and place your order ahead of time. As the season gets under way, you'll want to check the Fresh Catch messages often to find out what will be new at the dock or local seafood retailer. Don’t forget the ice chest!

Like us on Facebook, too, to find out what's new in the seafood industry and in our community.  The more you spread the word about LaTer Direct Seafood, the more support we give to local fishermen.

Vermilion Bay SweetNew Vermilion Bay Sweet 'Gumbo Pack' Debuts
Our sister site, Delcambre Direct, has created a new Vermilion Bay Sweet white shrimp pack—this time with 70/90 count quality shrimp that are the just-right size for stews, gumbos and pasta dishes. It is packaged by Gulf Crown Seafood and Gulf South Inc., and can be found at retailers in the Lafayette area (click here for list) and on CajunGrocer.com. Best of all, this product is the FIRST IN THE STATE to carry the Louisiana Certified Seafood certification label!

The Louisiana Seafood Certification Program has been established to build a brand known for fresh flavor, consistent quality and safety. It ensures that all Certified Louisiana Seafood is:
• CAUGHT in the Gulf of Mexico or Gulf Coast state waters by Louisiana licensed fishermen
• LANDED in Louisiana
• PROCESSED and packaged in Louisiana

Visit our News page for more information on the upcoming press conference by the Louisiana Seafood Promotion and Marketing Board and Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries.

farmers marketMeet Us At The Market
LaTer Direct Seafood fishermen can be found most Saturday mornings at two local seafood & farmers markets: Lafourche Central Market and Downtown Houma Market.

This is a great way to buy fresh seafood direct from fishermen, while buying fresh local produce for your family.

April News

LaTer Direct Administrator - Tuesday, April 09, 2013
weighing shrimpThough inland waters are closed for shrimp until some time in May, shrimp and crabs are available in some locations. Many of our fishermen have crawfish, which are in season now; check our Fresh Catch messages, or like us on Facebook for fishermen updates.

Louisiana Feast of Fields: A Gastronomic Gala
TIME: Friday, April 12, 2013; reception 5:30 PM, dinner 7:00 PM
LOCATION: Burden Center, 4560 Essen Lane, Baton Rouge
DETAILS: Students from Louisiana Culinary Institute (LCI) will be preparing a five-course menu featuring local Louisiana agricultural and fishery products, including Vermilion Bay Sweet shrimp.
COST: $65; proceeds support not-for-profit LA Culinary Institute and Burden
CONTACT: LSU AgCenter; Pamela Hodson at 225-578-2939

oystersOyster Industry Convention
TIME: Saturday, April 13, 2013 at 9:00 AM
LOCATION: LDWF Research Lab and Sea Grant Oyster Hatchery, 195 Ludwing Annex, Grand Isle
DETAILS: The annual forum to bring the Louisiana oyster community together to discuss important issues and new technology, to make business contacts, and to socialize.
COST: $25 in advance; $50 at the door
CONTACT: LA Sea Grant; John Supan at 985-264-3239

Dulac Blessing of the Fleet
TIME: Sunday, April 14, 2013 at 2:00 PM
LOCATION: Holy Family Catholic Church, 6641 Grand Caillou Road, Dulac
DETAILS: At the start of each shrimping season, local priests bless the shrimp boats with holy water and pray for a bountiful season. This is followed by a parade of boats down the bayou.
COST: Free
CONTACT: Holy Family Church; 563-2325

Chauvin Blessing of the Fleet
TIME: Sunday, April 21, 2013 at Noon
LOCATION: St. Joseph Catholic Church, 5232 La. 56, Chauvin
DETAILS: At the start of each shrimping season, local priests bless the shrimp boats with holy water and pray for a bountiful season. This is followed by a parade of boats down the bayou.
COST: Free
CONTACT: St. Joseph Catholic Church; 594-5859

Coastal Workshop on Ecotourism

Alan Matherne - Thursday, January 17, 2013

This one-day workshop, offered by Louisiana Sea Grant/LSU AgCenter, will provide current and prospective businesses with information on supplemental income opportunities from natural resource tourism. Targeted participants include coastal landowners, farmers, charter and guide fishermen, marina owners, and swamp tour operators.

Wednesday, March 12, 2013

8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Workshop Location:
Stella Plantation
4881 Louisiana 39
Braithwaite, LA
(504) 919-7474


For the full brochure, click here: coastal workshop brochure 3 13

Louisiana Fisheries 2013--A Seafood Summit in Houma

Alan Matherne - Monday, January 14, 2013
Educational programs and events hosted by the LSU AgCenter / Louisiana Sea Grant Program

Louisiana Fisheries 2013
A Summit for the Commercial Fishing Industry

February 27-28: Houma-Terrebonne Civic Center & March 1: Houma Waterfront, 9:00 AM

  • The main event will be held at the Houma-Terrebonne Civic Center on February 27th – 28th, 2013 and the Dock Day will be held at a waterfront location in Houma on March 1st.
  • The theme of this year’s summit is: “Towards professionalizing the Louisiana commercial fishing industry”.
  • Topics to be covered at the commercial fisheries summit include: professionalizing the fishery, history of the fishery, economic status, legislative update, the oyster hatchery program, blue crab research updates, seafood promotion and marketing, sustainable seafood and certification programs, Gulf Seafood Trace program, Gulf Council updates, TEDs update, social media, micro-branding, Louisiana Direct Seafood, the Louisiana Seafood Academy, and much, much more.
  • Additionally, the Dock Day will feature on-board demonstrations of innovative handling and processing equipment/gear and techniques.

  • Contact: amatherne@agcenter.lsu.edu, 985-873-6495
    Agenda topics
    Register Here

    State to Launch Official “Louisiana Certified Seafood” Brand

    Alan Matherne - Tuesday, November 06, 2012

    The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, in coordination with the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals, Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry, LSU AgCenter, Louisiana SeaGrant, Louisiana Seafood Promotion and Marketing Board and fisheries industry leaders, launched the Louisiana Certified Seafood Program this week. This origin-based certification program aims to build a unified brand that will attract not only consumers, but also food service and seafood distribution buyers who want to ensure they are sourcing the best tasting seafood in the world – Louisiana seafood!

    “Consumers are paying more attention to their seafood choices, particularly where it’s from and how it’s sourced. People are demanding transparency in the seafood industry, so we’re giving it to them,” explained LDWF Assistant Secretary Randy Pausina. “This program is three years in the making and demonstrates our Department’s strong commitment to ensuring Louisiana’s delicious seafood will continue to be recognized as the world's finest.”

    The program is a direct result of recommendations from the Louisiana Shrimp Task Force, created by Governor Jindal in 2009, to establish rules and guidelines throughout the seafood supply chain enabling the state to certify that “Louisiana Certified Seafood” is taken, landed and processed in Louisiana. 

    “We encourage buying and promoting Louisiana products whether it’s in stores, farmer’s markets or restaurants. Our goal is to make sure Louisiana residents seek home grown products to keep our industry strong. People at home and abroad want our produce and seafood because the quality speaks for itself,” said LDAF Commissioner Mike Strain, D.V.M.

    The Louisiana Seafood Certification program targets Louisiana fishermen, processors, dock owners, grocers and restaurants, to showcase and more importantly brand Louisiana seafood. Across the globe, people are familiar with “geographically-based” branding including Maine Lobster and Idaho Potatoes. In the coming years, we hope Louisiana wild-caught shrimp, oyster, crabs and finfish will be synonymous with our great state and the Louisiana Certified Seafood Brand.

    “Louisiana’s seafood is recognized for its world-class taste and quality,” said DHH Secretary Bruce D. Greenstein. “This certification stamp lets consumers know they’re getting authentic Louisiana seafood that is held to the highest standards and strictest inspections in the world.”

    Program goals include:

  • develop a NATIONALLY recognized brand that distinguishes Louisiana seafood from seafood of another origin;
  • certify and increase consumer confidence that branded seafood is from the Gulf of Mexico, landed, processed and packaged in Louisiana; and
  • promote and market all participants and seafood labeled with this logo.

  • “Through our current marketing efforts, chefs and consumers across the country are learning the superior taste and quality of Louisiana seafood,” said Ewell Smith, LSPMB executive director. “We are excited to work with the LDWF and other partners to bring customers the guarantee that they are purchasing authentic Louisiana seafood.” 

    How to participate?

    All commercially licensed fishermen automatically qualify for the program. 

    This program is VOLUNTARY for docks, processors, dealers, grocers and restaurants, who can apply to receive a Louisiana Certified Seafood permit. 

    Fresh Product dealers, docks, and processors must complete a brief online training. Grocers and restaurants do not need to complete the online training, but are required to complete the application. 

    "Louisiana restaurants have long served the bounty of fresh seafood from the rich waters of Louisiana and the Gulf, but until now, a certification program had not been developed," said Stan Harris, President/CEO of the Louisiana Restaurant Association. "Shrimp, crab, oysters, crawfish and finfish have held prized positioning on restaurant menus and have been the ingredients for which Louisiana has become known for worldwide."

    More information on training along with application forms may be found at Certified.LouisianaSeafood.com. 

    Completed form can be mailed to:

    Louisiana Wild Seafood Certification Program

    P.O. Box 1870

    Gray, LA 70359

    Participants in the program may choose to be featured on the Certified Louisiana Seafood website as a provider of Louisiana Certified Seafood, in an effort to encourage additional business.

    For more information, contact Rene LeBreton at 504-286-8745 or Jason Froeba at 225-765-0121.

    For press inquiries contact Laura Wooderson at lwooderson@wlf.la.govor (504)430-2623.



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    Alan Matherne, Area Agent
    511 Roussell Street, Houma, LA, 70360
    Email: amatherne@agcenter.lsu.edu
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