Louisiana Direct Seafood Program Expanding

ABBEVILLE — A seafood promotion and marketing project aimed at developing direct sales from fishermen to customers is being expanded along the Louisiana Gulf Coast.

The new Louisiana Direct Seafood program is moving into two southeast Louisiana areas. The SouthShore-New Orleans includes the area along the southern shore of Lake Pontchartrain, St. Bernard and south to Plaquemines Parish. The LaTer program area includes Lafourche and Terrebonne parishes. Expansion also is planned into the Cameron Parish coastal area.

The Louisiana Direct Seafood project started as Delcambre Direct Seafood in 2010 at the Port of Delcambre as a joint effort of the LSU AgCenter and Louisiana Sea Grant partnering with the Twin Parish Port Commission and Iberia Industrial Development Foundation.

“The goal was to provide a means of economic survival for the struggling owners of commercial fishing operations,” said Thomas Hymel, LSU AgCenter seafood project director. “When a shrimp boat lands at the port of Delcambre, the shrimp are now sold in a few hours where it used to take days.”

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