Oyster Industry Workshop in Houma

LaTer Direct Administrator - Tuesday, November 18, 2014

A seasonal update for oyster boat captains and deck hands, brought to you be Louisiana Fisheries Forward; lunch provided.Louisiana Fisheries Forward logo

December 5, 2014
9:30 am – 11:30 am

JOIN US AT THE WORKSHOP
Bayou Terrebonne Waterlife MuseumLouisiana Sea Grant logo
7910 W. Park Avenue • Houma, LA 70364

AND DOCKSIDE
Houma Downtown Marina
Bayou Terrebonne & Gulf Intracoastal Waterway

oysters
WORKSHOP TOPICS INCLUDE:
  • Utilize GPS technology to locate oyster leases
  • Trip tickets
  • Weights & measures, defining a sack
  • Oyster cooler log time & temperature
  • Best management practices for oyster handling & waste disposal
  • Fisheries enforcement, common infractions

  • HANDS-ON DEMONSTRATIONS INCLUDE:
  • Raised floor air flow system
  • Calibrated basket
  • Best practices in separating oyster clusters

  • To register or for more information, contact:
    Julie Falgout (985) 856-2477  •  jfalgo@lsu.edu
    Alan Matherne (985) 677-0368  •  amatherne@lsu.edu

    John Supan, PhD (985) 264-3239  •  jsupan@lsu.edu


    Lunch follows dockside event, sponsored by  



    Dates Set for Louisiana Shrimp and Oyster Seasons

    LaTer Direct Administrator - Thursday, August 14, 2014
    OystersThe Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) has set the dates for Louisiana’s shrimp and oyster seasons. The dates were determined after input from LDWF biologists and the public.

    The Louisiana shrimp season will open one-half hour before sunrise on Monday, August 18 for inside waters from the western shore of the Atchafalaya River to the Louisiana border with Texas. State inside waters east of the Atchafalaya River will open for shrimping Monday, August 18 at 6 p.m.

    Some state waters are still closed, however, as a result of the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill. More information including maps showing the openings and closings can be found here.

    Oyster season will begin one-half hour before sunrise on Wednesday, September 3, in Little Lake, Barataria Bay, Deep Lake, Lake Tambour, and Vermilion/East and West Cote Blanche/Atchafalaya Bay Public Oyster Seed Grounds. Between September 3 and October 12, harvesting oysters for market sales is NOT allowed on any public oyster area and only seed oysters for bedding purposes may be harvested.

    On Monday, October 20, all other public oyster seed grounds Lake Borgne, Bay Junop, Lake Mechant, the Lake Machias/Fortuna sacking-only area, the Bay Long sacking-only area, and a sacking-only area in Mississippi Sound will be open for harvesting one-half hour before sunrise. The west cove portion of the Calcasieu Lake Public Oyster Area will open one-half hour before sunrise on Monday, October 27.

    There are a number of provisions as well as some closures regarding oyster season. For the full release from LDWF, click here.

    Shrimp Season Has Closed in Remainder of State Inside Waters Except for Breton and Chandeleur Sounds

    LaTer Direct Administrator - Tuesday, July 22, 2014

    The 2014 spring inshore shrimp season closed on Monday, July 21, in the remainder of state inside waters except for the open waters of Breton and Chandeleur Sounds and a portion of Mississippi Sound.

    This action closes shrimping in inside waters within the Mermentau, Calcasieu and Sabine Rivers Basins extending from the western shore of Freshwater Bayou Canal westward to the Louisiana/Texas state line and in Lake Borgne located in the Lake Pontchartrain Basin.

    Effective with this closure all state inside waters will be closed to shrimping except for the open waters of Breton and Chandeleur Sounds as described by the double–rig line in R.S. 56:495.1(A)2. Shrimping will also be allowed in that portion of Mississippi Sound as follows:

    that portion of Mississippi Sound beginning at a point on the Louisiana-Mississippi Lateral Boundary at 30 degrees 09 minutes 39.6 seconds north latitude and -89 degrees 30 minutes 00.0 seconds west longitude due south to a point at 30 degrees 05 minutes 00.0 seconds north latitude and -89 degrees 30 minutes 00.0 seconds west longitude; thence southeasterly to a point on the western shore of Three-Mile Pass at 30 degrees 03 minutes 00.0 seconds north latitude and -89 degrees 22 minutes 23.0 seconds west longitude; thence northeasterly to a point on Isle Au Pitre at 30 degrees 09 minutes 20.5 seconds north latitude and -89 degrees 11 minutes 15.5 seconds west longitude, which is a point on the double–rig line. 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 outlined in the map linked below. 

    For a larger map that details today’s actions and all areas currently open and closed to harvesting shrimp click here.

    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 these waters was made to protect these developing shrimp and provide opportunity for growth to larger and more marketable sizes.

    The Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission will meet August 7 to consider opening dates for the fall inshore shrimp season.

    LDWF Announces Opening of Spring Shrimp Season

    LaTer Direct Administrator - Thursday, May 01, 2014

    The dates for the 2014 Louisiana spring shrimp season were announced at today’s meeting of the Louisiana Wildlife and
    Fisheries Commission. The spring shrimp season was set based on information provided by Louisiana Department of
    Wildlife and Fisheries biologists and on public comments.

    The opening dates for the 2014 Louisiana shrimp season are as follows:

    1. That portion of state inside waters from the eastern shore of South Pass of the Mississippi River westward
    to the western shore of Freshwater Bayou Canal, and that portion of state outside waters extending 3
    nautical miles seaward from the shoreline from the Atchafalaya River Ship Channel at Eugene Island as
    delineated by the Channel red buoy line westward to the to the western shore of Freshwater Bayou Canal
    at -92 degrees 18 minutes 33 seconds west longitude to open at 6 a.m. May 26

    2. That portion of state inside waters from the Mississippi/Louisiana state line westward to the eastern shore
    of South Pass of the Mississippi River to open at 6 a.m. June 2. However, the open waters of Breton and
    Chandeleur Sounds as described by the double-rig line are currently open to shrimping.

    3. That portion of state inside waters from the western shore of Freshwater Bayou Canal westward to the
    Louisiana/Texas state line to open at 6 a.m. June 2.

    In addition to the open waters of Breton and Chandeleur Sounds, all state outside waters are currently open
    to shrimping except for outside waters extending 3 nautical miles seaward from the shoreline from the
    Atchafalaya River Ship Channel at Eugene Island westward to the to the western shore of Freshwater Bayou
    Canal.

    The Commission granted authority to the Secretary of the Department of Wildlife and Fisheries to delay or
    advance these opening dates if biological and technical data indicate the need to do so, and; to close any
    portion of Louisiana's inside waters to protect small juvenile white shrimp if biological and technical data
    indicate the need to do so, or enforcement problems develop. The Secretary is further granted the authority
    to open any area, or re-open any previously closed area, and to open and close special shrimp seasons in any
    portion of state waters.

    For more information, click here.

    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.

    RAW

    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



















    COOKED

    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.

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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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