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.
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.”
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.”
Meet Thomas Hymel, a true champion for the Louisiana Seafood industry. Thomas lives in Southern Louisiana and has spent the last 26 years working on his passion project -- protecting fisheries, natural resources, and the people whose livelihoods depend on them. Join Thomas in Delcambre, Louisiana -- a tight knit community that he calls "The real deal."